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If you live in North America or South Asia, then Citroen is far from a household name for you and you probably rarely even think about the brand. You probably should, though, because Citroen has been at the forefront of the automotive industry for 100 years, with its roots traced back to March 1919 when the company was founded by Andrei Citroen. Its roots tie into innovative technology as well and was responsible for the Traction Avant – the world’s first, mass-produced, front-wheel-drive car. That car was also the first to feature a unitary design, which is similar to the unibody structure on most cars today in which there was no chassis supporting any of the mechanical components under the skin.

In 1954, Citroen developed the worlds first self-leveling hydropneumatic suspension setup and, just a year later, the Citroen DS became the first mass-produced car in the world to feature disc brakes as we know them today. Oh, and you know those cool lights on your Mercedes that adjust themselves at turns and curves for better visibility? Well, you better thank Citroen for those – the company introduced that technology on several of its models back in 1967. Citroen holds its head high to this day knowing that it’s the only automaker to have won three different championships from the International Automobile Associated (IAF.) It’s kicked ass in the World Rally Raid Championship, World Rally Championship, and World Touring car Championship, so it also has a strong history in motorsports as well. Still don’t think Citroen is worth knowing about?

Today, Citroen has a massive global lineup that includes a number of hatchbacks, SUV, and Van models with prices that range from just over €10,000 all the way up to just over €34,000. It even has a few fleet-style van offerings and an electric car known as the C-Zero.

What is the Least Expensive Citroen?

Pricing for Citroen models vary globally, but in general, the Citroen C1 is the cheapest offering. It is a subcompact hatchback\city car that has a starting price of around €10,000. The next model up, the brand’s entry-level crossover will set you back around €13,000.

What is the Sportiest Citroen?

The sportiest Citroen isn’t really a Citroen at all. Well, it kind of is. We’re talking about the DS 3 Hatchback – a product of the recently launched DS brand, a subsidiary of Citroen. The DS 3 is largely related to the Peugeot 208 GTO and has a 1.6-liter, turbocharger, four-banger under its hood. It delivers some 205 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, which is said to be good enough for a sprint to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph. The DS 3 starts out at nearly €20,000 but climbs closer to €23,500 in top trim with leather interior.

What is the Most Popular Citroen?

With small city cars being so popular in Europe and SUVs starting to finally take a hold there as they have in the U.S., it should come as no surprise that Citroen’s most popular model is the compact C3 Crossover. It’s essentially a raised hatchback that combines a bit of utility and fun driving dynamics. It’s generally priced around the €13,000 mark so it’s rather affordable on most budgets and it looks pretty good too.

What is the Most Expensive Citroen?

The most expensive Citroen is the Spacetourer – big family van that offers seating for 8, a fairly decent technology lineup, and more space than most families know what to do with. There’s nothing commanding about its appearance and nothing to write home about under the hood, but it’s a damn good family hauler. The Citroen Spacetourer starts out at €34,520 and goes up from there.

What is the Fastest Citroen?

The fastest Citroen is also the sportiest – the new DS Hatchback. With 1.6-liter, turbocharged engine, it can get to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and tops out at 143 mph. That’s not back for a car that’s smaller than the Honda civic and commands a price below the €25,000 mark.

Are Citroens Reliable?

A recent study by The Telegraph in the U.K. pegged the Citroen brand as pretty reliable, giving it a raking of No. 13 of all automakers with an average of 115 problems per 100 cars produced. AutoExpress has even ranked the C4 Picasso, C1, and C4 Cactus as some of the most reliable vehicles you can buy back in 2017. The C1 is also ranked No. 9 in the reliability index for the top 100 reliable cars. Not all Citroen models have as much clout in the reliability department, though. The Citroen C3 is known for electrical problems (some 26-percent of all problems appear to be electrical) while the C4 is ranked well below the industry average but has a low average cost of repair when compared to other vehicles its size. Meanwhile, the Picasso is highly reliable but does suffer from electrical issues, while the Grand C4 Picasso scores horribly with lots of axle and suspension problems.

Despite all of this, the Citroen brand as a whole is still ranked No. 13, and it’s likely because the brand is the producer of basic automobiles – there is no high tech goodies or expensive materials here. All Citroens are, for the most part, simple and put purpose over appearance. They aren’t bad cars by any means and are pretty reliable, but if you one a lot of tech or more comfort, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Peugeot would be a good next step without going into the hardcore luxury segment.