Citroen e-C3 on sale in July priced under £22,000

Citroen has confirmed the price and specification for its new e-C3 budget hatchback, which will go on sale this summer.

The compact electric hatchback will cost from £21,990 and be available in two trim levels – Plus and Max. Its low price sets it as one of the cheapest EVs in the UK, with only the £15,000 Dacia Spring and £8,495 Citroen Ami undercutting it.

The e-C3 is the first Stellantis group car to use the value-focused Smart Car platform which will also form the underpinnings of the Vauxhall Frontera. In the e-C3 a 44kWh battery offers up to 199 miles of range while a 111bhp motor delivers a 0-62mph time of around 11 seconds. DC charger at 100kW is standard across the range and will take the battery from 20-80% in 26 minutes.

All versions of the e-C3 feature 17-inch alloy wheels, a two-tone paint finish, LED headlights and front and rear skid plates. Customers can choose from six colours – Polar White, Monte Carlo Blue, Mercury Grey. Perla Nera Black, Bright Blue, and Elixir Red.

Plus specification brings a 10-inch touchscreen Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with Advanced Comfort front seats and suspension, which Citroen says make the e-C3 the most comfortable car in its class. It also gets a hots of driver aids, inclduing video-based active safety brake, lane departure warning, speed limit detection and cruise control.

Max versions cost from £23,690 and add a rear parking camera, automatic air conditioning, LED rear lights, dark-tinted windows, as well as a heated steering wheel, heated windscreen, and heated front seats. Connected services also offer real-time traffic updates and speed camera alerts.

While the e-C3 is among the first EVs to drop significantly below £25,000, a host of rivals are on the horizon, including the VW ID.2, Renault 4 and a new Fiat Panda. The Volkswagen Group also recently announced that it plans to launch a series of sub-€20,000 city cars from 2027.

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Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.