Citroen C3 safety ratings

Jul 2003 - Current (front & side airbags)

About this test

The left-hand-drive European model was tested by Euro NCAP. Australasian specifications may vary and therefore models sold in Australasia might provide different levels of protection to those described on this page.

About the test vehicles

SX 5 Dr Hatch
1.4 Litre
Kerb weight:
1030 kg
Small Car
Vehicles built:
Frontal & Side Airbags

ANCAP safety

Acceptable score:  27.64 out of 37

The Citroen C3 scored 13.36 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. Protection from serious leg injury was marginal for the driver and passenger. The vehicle scored 14.28 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. There was a slight risk of serious thorax injury for the driver.

Frontal offset crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 4 pts, chest 3.6 pts, upper legs 2 pts, lower legs 3.76 pts. The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. The brake pedal moved rearwards by 76 mm and the clutch moved downwards 48mm. The steering wheel hub moved rearwards 6 mm, upwards 22 mm and sideways 15 mm. The front ("A") pillar moved 36 mm rearwards. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash high manual effort was required to open the driver’s door. The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. Steering column components were a potential source of injury for the driver's knees. The passenger's head was cushioned by the airbag. Dash components were a hazard for the passenger's knees.

Front danger map

Side impact crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head 4 pts, chest 3.08 pts, abdomen 3.65 pts, pelvis 3.55 pts. The vehicle was not eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it did not have head-protecting side airbags. This test can earn an extra two points.

Side danger map

Pedestrian safety


Child head impacts 4.33 Adult head impacts 6 Upper leg impacts 0.18 Lower leg impacts Zero Total (out of 36) 10.51