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Updated: 13 Jan 2022

Should I buy a Citroën?

Should you consider a Citroën the next time you buy a new car? Find out more about the Citroën brand below to see what they’re known for.
Oliver Trebilcock

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.

Whether you need a spacious SUV or a nippy hatchback, see which models are the best by heading over to our expert Citroen car reviews.

Citroen C4 Cactus


Citroen C3


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 four years old, and also used cars aged between five and nine years old, and old cars aged 10-15 years. 

To see how reliable Citroën cars are, head over to our most reliable car brands page.

How much do Citroën cars cost?

Citroëns tend to be some of the cheaper cars in their price brackets. The brand's entry-level city car, the charismatic Citroën C1, starts from around £11,000, undercutting rivals such as the Volkswagen Up!, Hyundai i10 and Fiat 500.

Similarly, the Citroën C3 small car's asking price of around £14,000 is lower than that of the the class-leading Ford Fiesta, and even its flagship Citroën C5 Aircross large SUV (pictured below), costing from £24,000, is carefully priced compared with rivals such as the Renault Koleos, Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan.

There are no premium-priced cars in its range. The van-like Citroën Spacetourer, costing from around £30,000 and seating up to nine, is the most expensive model it offers.

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 Citroën C1, designed for inner-city driving. The distinctive-looking Citroën C3 small car is the brand’s answer to the Renault Clio, and the Citroën C3 Aircross, which rivals the Nissan Juke, is the equivalent model for fans of trendy SUV styling and a higher driving position.

It also offers the slightly larger Citroën C4 Cactus, 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 Citroën C5 Aircross. 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 Citroën Berlingo 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 Citroën Spacetourer aims to take practicality to the ultimate level.

Citroën is part of the PSA group of car brands, sharing many of its underpinning car platforms and parts with sister brands Peugeot and Vauxhall.

Does a Citroën seem right up your street? Our expert, independent tests tell you which Citroëns are the best – and any you should avoid. See all of our Citroën car reviews.