Week at the wheel: Citroen C3 Picasso 1.6 HDi

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Week at the wheel | Citroen C3 1.6 HDi |

Inside Out:

Making a box on look interesting is no easy but Citroen has pulled it off with The simple overall shape of the C3 is greatly enhanced by the rounded and neat details that this small MPV stand out the crowd and place it alongside the of the MINI. Fiat 500 and Toyota iQ in the stakes.

Who’d have that of a Citroen people just a couple of years

Inside, it’s even news as the tall sides of the C3 allow for upright seating, in turn provides ample for adults in the front and rear. so the width means only two fit in the rear before it gets too but the Citroen is ideal family and comes with a load-munching boot that can be expanded up to with the 60:40 split-and-fold seats lowered.

There are also plenty of and pockets to keep smaller from rattling free. As for the this is Citroen’s best use yet of the binnacle mounted at the top of the centre as it’s clear, easy to (even in bright sunlight) and not a while driving.


Our test car was fitted with the version of Citroen’s 1.6-litre engine, which also a useful 177lb.ft of torque. is not scintillating if looked at from the time of 12.4 seconds, but the C3 pays back with pick-up from low revs and refinement. There’s also than enough urge to do away with the need to down a gear when rivals require such

The five-speed manual gearbox has a easy shift and the lever is half way up the centre console to be a hand span of the steering

Ride Handling:

The C3 Picasso enjoys Citroen’s cushy suspension that the rough edges off of any road This little MPV glides rut-addled roads with a that would leave executive class cars red in the which also means the will not induce car sickness as in some of its younger occupants. pitch and lean under and in corners is noticeable, but the C3 Picasso is no

The steering is accurate enough being fidgety and there’s than enough grip, and dexterity for the handling to be enjoyable for a MPV. On the motorway, the petit people carrier is hushed, out road and wind noise – helped by having side glass windows most rivals to make it a long distance machine.

Equipment, Economy Value for

The 1.6 HDi 110 Exclusive model we tried is the C3 Picasso at Ј15,595, yet we can still see it as a purchase. This is down to the looks of the Exclusive and its long of standard kit, which climate control, electric all round, cruise control, CD six airbags, rear parking and alloy wheels.

The Exclusive is the only C3 Picasso model to with ESP stability and traction included in the price rather as a Ј350 option, though like to see this fitted to all A mid-spec VTR+ model is the better buy, especially a couple of carefully chosen as it comes with alloys, air cruise control and a full of airbags. The base spec VT do with only twin airbags as standard, as well no air con or alloys unless you spend the on them.

The 1.6 HDi turbodiesel engine in the Exclusive of the C3 Picasso turns in a creditable or you could go for the 90bhp version’s average consumption. With carbon dioxide emissions for the diesel, and 125g/km for the 90bhp the turbodiesel C3 Picasso just out on low-rate road tax. this Citroen looks set to stronger residual values almost any model in recent from the French firm and it seems well made sturdy materials.


Citroen is a car company on at the moment. The C3 Picasso people is its best small car in a long and works both as a compact MPV and an to a supermini or small hatch. The we can even think of this car in the vein as a MINI or Fiat where the car is a style purchase than a practical buy, just how much the C3 Picasso the game on for Citroen.

Alisdair – 24 Sep 2009

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