First, a couple of important chapters about the Citroën C3: Firstly, this French small car has been sold a total of more than 4.5 million units since the first version was launched in 2002. And secondly, more than 750,000 of these have found their owner since the last, third generation year. 2016 after the presentation.

The pace of sales for C3 has therefore been tightening and the figures are handsome.

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Therefore, it is no wonder that Sitikka has wanted to take good care of its sales locomotive.

Concerns about continuing to drive sales will continue to be supported, as is familiar, with the so-called facelift, ie the refreshing of appearance and features.

In this respect, it can be said that the overall look of the redesigned C3 is still quite smooth and soft-lined.

But while the rapture is moderate, the change is clearly noticeable.

In practice, the bow, headlights, bow logo and distinctive side guards have been redesigned on the outside, and a huge variety of exterior colors and personalization options have also been offered.

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Inside, the C3 now comes with the comfort seats already introduced in Sitika's larger models and a whole host of modern driving aids - much as standard, some as an accessory.

The look of the interior is unique, and maybe a little retro.

In terms of space, the revamped C3 is like its brand sister Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa: the car can accommodate tall people in the front seats, but then the rear legroom shrinks quite sparingly as expected.

It is clear that a four-meter small car cannot offer excessive space.

The cargo space is 300 liters, which is a good middle class for its comparison group.

Even on the ceiling and in the back corner of the C-pillar, there are as many as three different ceiling decorations in total!

In total, up to 97 different personalization options are available.Photo: Harry Kuurio

The cheapest version of the re-jumped C3 costs a little over 15 thousand euros.

It gets an 82-horsepower (the second petrol engine is the 110-horsepower in the first test, and no other engines are available yet) with a basic manual transmission, which, however, already has a relatively good level of equipment as standard.

For example, LED headlights, air conditioning, on-board computer, hill start assist, lane departure warning, speed limit detection, cruise control and the often missing height adjustment of both front seats, which is often missing from even more expensive cars, are always included in the price of the revamped C3.

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Instead, the Launch Edition, based on the highest Shine equipment, obtained in the initial test, represented the very other extreme, where almost all the equipment available is inoculated into the automatic transmission car.

From the list of accessories, you could actually pick up more keyless locking and electric rear windows (price 600 euros without car tax), navigation (850 euros) or a package of security equipment (400 euros).

There are more and more softening material in the comfort seats, but the stools are still not too slippery.

Of these, the latter in particular should be carefully considered, as it contains a lot of stuff for a small fee: an active emergency braking function, driver alertness monitoring, automatic high beam, collision alarm, automatic dimming interior mirror and emergency call system.

In other words, if you pick up all the best possible equipment from the C3's list of accessories, the price of the car will already slip by more than 20 thousand euros.

Whether it’s a lot or a little, everyone can weigh themselves.

When seated inside, the C3's new front-facing seats look inviting.

The driver's seat is comfortable, and the light-adjusted steering is conducive to facilitating small turns in urban conditions.

Looking back, C3 is virtually unchanged in its forms.

Its total turning radius of 10.7 meters and a length of less than four meters make the car a compact turntable. Photo: Harry Kuurio

The power and pace is enough for a light car in everyday times, and the C3 does not strive for a sporty look.

The 110-horsepower and automatic gearbox of the first test moved naturally in the heart of Helsinki, but the so-called

The “learning” torque converter had not yet had time to learn all the load situations, but the switching events were a little shaky at times.

A longer test drive will show you where the reality and consumption of the driving experience really settle.

From time to time, it would be good to remind yourself that in an urban environment, it is the small cars that are at their best, not the large and clumsy SUVs.

At present, small cars are very stable to drive outside the cities at their best, and have therefore been very popular in Europe for many years.

Underlying many car choices seems to be perhaps the strongest of the megatrends, urbanization.

The renewed C3 brings a kind of swing to this environment.

Citroën C3 PureTech 110 aut.

Launch Edition

  • Engine R3, 1199 cm³, 81 kW (110 hp) / 5500 rpm, 230 Nm / 1750 rpm

  • Performance 0–100 km / h 10.1 s, top speed 193 km / h

  • Consumption 6.0 l / 100 km 95E10

  • CO2 emissions 140 g / km

  • Transmission A6, front-wheel drive

  • Dimensions p 3996, l 1749, h 1474 mm, wheelbase 2539 mm, unladen weight 1165 kg, load compartment 300–922 l, tank 45 l

  • Price 19921 euros