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Should I buy a Citroen?

By Martin Pratt

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Should you consider a Citroën the next time you buy a new car? Read our overview to find out more about the Citroën brand.

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French brand Citroën used to be famous for its quirky and idiosyncratic designs. Having gone through a long period of selling much more conventional - even boring - cars, it seems to be rediscovering its design flair. 

The original C4 Cactus, with its Lego-like side panels, certainly turned heads when it was launched. Whereas the chunky C3 and C3 Aircross both resemble a funky child's toy car. 

While these designs certainly divide opinion, at least they stand out on the road. But are Citroën cars reliable? Keep reading to find out.

Whether you need a seven-seat MPV or a nippy hatchback, you can see all our Citroen car reviews.

How reliable are Citroën cars?

Citroën cars are reliable - or so the company's reputation would have you believe. But does the reality live up to the expectation?

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 also cars aged between three and eight years old. 

Which? members can login and use the table below to find out just how reliable Citroën cars really are. Not yet a Which? member? Join Which? to unlock all of our reliability ratings and our online reviews.

Citroen car reliability
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3-8-year reliability
Reliability description

Table notes
Results from the 2018 Which? Car Survey (results gathered from 43,027 owners, about 51,172 cars, between December 2017 and February 2018).


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Choosing the best Citroën car

Its quirky design makes Citroën's cars stand out on the road. From the funky, lego-style side panels on the Citroën C4 Cactus, to the chunky toy-car-style looks of its compact SUV, the C3 Aircross.

Citroën has become a big player in the MPV market, too, with more offerings than any other manufacturer. This includes the mid-sized  C4 Picasso and the old-school van-like Citroën Spacetourer

Citroën is part of the PSA group, sharing many platforms and parts with Peugeot.