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Citroen C3 Picasso

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haven’t quite reached stage yet, but I can see the day coming Citroen is better known as a of MPVs than of more cars. In a process which with the launch of the Xsara back in the 1990s, Citroen has become more and more involved in the design and manufacture of and its latest model of this is the C3 Picasso, which also to be the smallest.

Before driving the car I was aware of the respect for it that was through the UK motor media, in print or in private conversation. of the positive comments has proved to be – the C3 Picasso is in nearly a splendid addition to the compact MPV

It’s based on an extended of the platform introduced eight ago in the C3 hatchback (and more in the Peugeot 207), and upon structure Citroen has effectively a cuboid car, though one enough styling adventurousness to what could have a very austere shape.

This cubishness means there is a great deal of inside the Picasso. With all (or perhaps four and a half) in place it has a luggage volume of 500 which is just 42 litres than that of a Ford estate in a car only five longer than a Fiesta. the rear seats down creating a flat load in the process – and you increase the to 1506 litres, which is impressive even if a lot of it is due to the Picasso’s height.

Those figures include the space under the boot floor, which for extra storage of items if necessary, of the parcel shelf, in strikes me as rather a neat to be kept separate from the You can also mount the false bit down if you want, though does mean that the is no longer flat.

If you choose to over the lesser VT and VTR+ levels and go for the range-topping Exclusive, is yet more practicality including two storage compartments, a ski hatch perhaps most importantly, the to fold the passenger seat and extend the load length to an 2.4 litres. Citroen demonstrated at the UK launch that in this the C3 Picasso can store three boxes which can not be fitted in the C4 Picasso or the C-Crosser SUV, or at not without leaving the tailgate

On top of all this, there is a lot of room for large adults plus one smaller one – or alternatively a – in the centre of the back At six foot three I could done with an extra or so of travel for the driver’s seat, but does not cause a significant and I could easily sit behind the seat when it’s as far as it will go.

Top marks for practicality, and reasonably high marks for too (this being something Citroen knows its customers hoping for). The frontal arrangement is every bit as ingenious as it is in the C4 there is quite a large ahead of each front but the one on the driver’s side is close to be easy to see round, while the one on the is far enough back not to cause any

Ahead of those pillars are unobstructed triangular windows better than the too small, too ones provided by other and then come two much pillars on either side of the The screen itself is very so altogether forward visibility is

But an icy hand clutches my heart as I myself forced to admit this brilliant execution of a philosophy is completely ignored at the where the gigantic pillars blind spots in which you hide a shire horse. In I didn’t take a shire with me to the launch event to this (forget my own name but I’m sure I’m – and the serious point making is that it’s a piece of design, in a car with an excellent view up front, to such a dangerously obstructed one for the when you have to manoeuvre in

Citroen C3 Picasso

The little Picasso comes a choice for 95bhp 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines and and 110bhp versions of the 1.6-litre HDi diesel. The larger ones decent performance, the sub-100bhp are good enough for the job, and all are quiet from inside the The 90bhp diesel is the star for economy and CO2 emissions (around and 125g/km depending on trim but if you’re never going to do any runs I’d be tempted to the 1.4 petrol as a good alternative, not because it costs £1100

Perhaps the most surprising about the C3 Picasso is that it is a car to drive – very to operate at low speeds but with an spriteliness on a twisty country The diesels ride slightly than the petrol models, but all comfortable, even if you spend an £200 on the Black Pack, includes the largest (17 diameter) and the lowest-profile tyres.

(This is all a far cry from the C4 Picasso, rides like a magic on perfectly smooth tarmac and a Space Hopper on anything I mentioned to a Citroen person if that car rode like the C3 does it would be a truly piece of work rather a good but flawed one, and actually agreeing out loud which would have sharply at variance with his job – he did give a rueful and avoided the opportunity of arguing the

Prices for the C3 Picasso start at for the 1.4 VT. That looks like a impressive figure, but the VTs are fairly equipped: air-conditioning, is a £620 curtain airbags are part of an Safety Pack costing and you can’t get ESP at all, which NCAP isn’t going to one bit. In fact ESP is standard on the 1.6 diesel Exclusive, which for and other reasons is the most model at £15,595.

The Exclusive not only has the most it’s also the version the greatest number of options. For only that trim gets the extra-cost Black and the same applies to part-leather, upholstery (£350) and the MyWay of colour satellite navigation, traffic information and Bluetooth (£700).

So the C3 Picasso may seem quite a cheap car, but you can end up nearly £18,000 for one with all the kit here plus metallic and a panoramic sunroof. So not quite so after all, then.

But doesn’t alter the fact you can pay much less for a version fewer bits and pieces lower safety levels) and have a magnificently spacious car won’t use much fuel and is far delightful to drive than you first expect. Overall, a truly fine effort a company which has just once more how comfortable it is the idea of creating MPVs.

Citroen C3 Picasso
Citroen C3 Picasso
Citroen C3 Picasso
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