Citroen has always Done Things Differently. For most of the time, Citroens have also looked like it when they were doing things differently - either unconventionally pretty (the DS) or boldly individual (virtually everything else).

A few years ago, after a series of dull cars like the Xantia and the C4, the French company reminded itself that's what it did, and out popped the deadly cool - and polarising - Cactus.

Critical acclaim followed, even if smash-hit global sales didn't.

Undeterred, the new C3 draws much from the Cactus but it also takes its own path to reboot Citroen's small hatchback. And it's not just about looks. It's got Peugeot-Citroen's global A platform underneath it, a fizzy three-cylinder engine and a cool interior.