THE Citroen C3 has been rocking residential driveways up and down the country for 19 years.

If the C3 was a rock band, it would have already cashed in with a Greatest Hits compilation or two.

Citroen's latest C3 is a cheap and cheerful car

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Citroen’s latest C3 is a cheap and cheerful car

But it’s not remotely rock ’n’ roll, in any way, shape or form.

This accessible little French car gets used and abused by us only to end up being a hit on the scrappage scheme.

The latest iteration of the budget bestseller is badged C-Series. The name suggests some kind of Mercedes-BMW mash-up. But what it actually represents is the C3’s Best Of album.

It packages together the most popular cost options people choose, in an exclusively online special edition.

You can buy the new C3 online with a money back guarantee

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You can buy the new C3 online with a money back guarantee

It is aimed squarely at the growing number of buyers happy to click-and-collect their new cars via a website like they do their food shop.

It even comes with a 14-day free-return guarantee.

So what are these most-wanted options that now come as standard, ensuring your £14,000 price tag stays at £14k?

You get one rather charming colour, Soft Sand, complete with satin-red contrasting accents, 16in bi-tone alloy wheels, a glossy black roof and matching wing mirrors.

C-Series signs are dotted around the car, just to remind you what you are driving

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C-Series signs are dotted around the car, just to remind you what you are driving

Sharp new LED-encrusted automatic headlights and very dark tinted windows are also thrown into the mix, giving this budget box more premium visual panache.

Inside, you get the all-important Apple CarPlay/Android Auto-compatible 7in touchscreen and six speakers — but a rather lonely singular USB port.

Standardised safety tech includes lane-departure warning, coffee-break alert, cruise control and reverse-parking sensors (but no reverse camera).

For an economical urban runabout with five doors and nearly the capacity for the same number of people, it does feel like all the important boxes have been ticked for you — while it looks pricier than it is.

The interior of the C-Series is predictably very comfortable

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The interior of the C-Series is predictably very comfortable

And, as with all Citroens these days, it’s crazy-comfy too.

The two-tone seats feel more like that expensive WFH office chair you didn’t buy — because you ended up getting a cheaper one and swiftly regretted it.

A bunch of C-Series logos are spattered about the funky but largely plastic cabin, which help to bolster its non-standard positioning.

In terms of a driving experience, there is less to talk about, although some notably soft suspension complements the soft seating.

While that will please some, if pushed it can lead to a spot of sea-sickness for those in the back.

The best way to drive this is as if you are about to run out of petrol, feathering the throttle instead of stamping on it.

Power comes courtesy of the normally aspirated three-cylinder, 1.2-litre petrol engine, which is well proportioned for this compact car and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

Drive the C-Series with care to get the best performance

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Drive the C-Series with care to get the best performance

While I believe an automatic would be a more popular choice, the short stick-shift does suit this rorty little ride nicely.

Cheap and cheerful with funky, chunky styling, this Citroen is very easy to live with.

Now That’s What I Call A Citroen C3, 2021.

CITROEN C3 C-SERIES

Key Facts

Price: £13,995
Engine: 1.2-litre petrol
Power: 83hp
0-62mph: 12.5 secs
Top speed: 105mph
Economy: 48mpg
CO2: 124g/km
Out: Now

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