Citroen C3 safety ratings

Mar 2010 - Current (front+side+head airbags)

About this test

The diesel 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

5 door Hatch
1.4 litre diesel
Kerb weight:
1070 kg
Small Car
Vehicles built:
Frontal+Side+Head airbags
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ANCAP safety

Good score:  33.38 out of 37

5 star. The C3 scored 14.38 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment has its shape well. There was a slight risk of serious chest injury for the driver and passenger. The vehicle scored 16 out of 16 in the side impact crash test and a further two points in the optional pole test.

Frontal offset crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 4 pts, chest 2.69 pts, upper legs 4 pts, lower legs 3.69 pts. The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. The clutch pedal moved rearwards by 38 mm. The accelerator pedal moved downwards 31mm. The steering wheel hub moved 41mm forward, 4mm downward and 8 mm sideways. The front ("A") pillar moved 24mm forwards. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash the driver’s door could be opened with high manual effort. The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. There were no knee hazards. The passenger's head was cushioned by the airbag.

Front danger map

Side impact crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head 4 pts, chest 4 pts, abdomen 4 pts, pelvis 4 pts. The vehicle was eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it had head-protecting side airbags. The vehicle earned the maximum two points in this test.

Side danger map

Pedestrian safety


Good protection was provided to pedestrians' legs by the bumper and maximum points were scored. However, the front edge of the bonnet scored no points. The protection offered by the bonnet to a pedestrian's head was predominantly poor. Child head impacts 1.8 Adult head impacts 4 Upper leg impacts Zero Lower leg impacts 6 Total (out of 36) 11.8