Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Citroen C3 2009

1.4D , 5 door hatchback

Test Date: Aug 2009

Citroen C3 crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 4 Stars
Adult Occupant 83%
Child Occupant 74%
Pedestrian 33%
Safety Assist 40%

Compare with other cars in the Super Mini category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Adequate Driver left lower leg - Adequate
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Adequate
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Good
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Good
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

Adult occupant

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the front occupants' knees and femurs. Citroen were able to demonstrate that occupants of different sizes, and those sat in different positions, would be offered a similar level of protection. In the side barrier impact, the car scored maximum points, good protection being provided to all vulnerable body areas. In the more severe side pole test, rib deflections indicated weak chest protection but other body areas were well protected. The seat and head restraint provided poor protection against whiplash injuries, scoring no points in the most severe of the three tests performed.

Child occupant

In the frontal impact, forward movement of the 3 year dummy's head was not excessive and the heads of both dummies were contained by the restraints in the side impact. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information provided to the driver about the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear.


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 marginal or poor in those areas likely to be struck by a child and predominantly poor in those areas where an adult's head might strike.

Safety assist

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is available on some variants in the model range but is not expected to be fitted as standard in sufficient numbers to qualify for points under Euro NCAP's rating scheme. A driver-set speed limitation device is expected to be fitted as standard to the great majority of cars sold and is an option on all variants in the range. A seatbelt reminder system for driver and front seat passenger is fitted as standard across the model range.

applies to all C3's of the specification tested