Should I buy a Citroën?
French brand Citroën has long been famous for its quirky and idiosyncratic designs, appealing to adventurous buyers. Having gone through a period of selling much more conventional-looking cars, it’s now rediscovering its quintessential design flair.
The funky Citroën C3 hatchback and C3 Aircross crossover SUV both have a toy car feel about them with their chunky, rounded styling and striking, mix-and-match range of roof-and-body colour combinations.
These designs may divide opinion, but the cars are sure to stand out from the crowd due to their focus on comfort. They give a refreshing sense of calm on the road that’s unique compared to the aggressive performance-oriented designs of many competitors.
Citroën is all about making driving relaxing – many of its cars prioritise comfort and practicality over driving dynamics or sporty looks.
But do Citroën cars match comfort and convenience with reliability? Keep reading to find out.
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How reliable are Citroën cars?
Every year, we run an annual car survey where tens of thousands of people tell us about their current car and how reliable it is. Based on feedback from current Citroën owners, we have reliability data for new cars aged up to three years old and older cars aged between three and eight years old.
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We surveyed online 47,013 members of the general public covering 55,833 cars. Survey in field December 2019 to February 2020.
How much do Citroën cars cost?
Similarly, the small car's asking price of around £14,000 is lower than that of the the class-leading , and even its flagship large SUV (pictured below), costing from £24,000, is carefully priced compared with rivals such as the , and .
Choosing the best Citroën car
Citroën is now best known for its softly-rounded styling that is consistent throughout its range of cars and crossover SUVs.
The baby of Citroën's range is the nippy , designed for inner-city driving. The distinctive-looking small car is the brand’s answer to the Renault Clio, and the , which rivals the , is the equivalent model for fans of trendy SUV styling and a higher driving position.
It also offers the slightly larger , which (somewhat ironically, given its spiky name) is especially curvaceous. Uniquely-sized in-between most small and medium cars, it has an extra focus on comfort.
Topping its crossover SUV range – none of the cars in which have any serious intentions of actually being used off-road – is the brand’s flagship . This continues Citroën’s relentless focus on comfort over sporty driving; as usual with Citroën, you get plenty of colour and trim combinations to choose from in order to style the car to your liking.
Before this new styling direction, Citroën had long been a leading player in the MPV market. While it’s reduced its UK range as MPV popularity has declined, it still offers a couple of models for those that need exceptionally practical cars.
The spacious and hugely practical offers more personality than most van-like models, coming with the manufacturer's funky side panels. Plus, if you need to comfortably transport up to nine people, the aims to take practicality to the ultimate level.