The Citroen C3 Picasso is a mini MPV that has been in production since 2008. It was first revealed as a concept car called Drooneel at the Paris Motor Show and lists Jean-Pierre Ploué and Donato Coco as its designers. As successor to the Xsara Picasso, the C3 Picasso was developed to compete with the Nissan Note, Opel/Vauxhall Meriva, Ford Fusion, and Renault Modus. In 2012, a redesigned C3 Picasso was presented at the Paris Motor Show, made available in Europe towards the end of the year. Some of the recognitions that the Citroen C3 Picasso has received include: “Family Car of the Year” (2008; Top Gear Magazine); “Design of the Year” (2009; Fleet World Honours); and “Best MPV” (2011; JD Power). It was also one of the nominees for “European Car of the Year” in 2010.
There are petrol and diesel engines available with the Citroen C3 Picasso so you have choices to consider depending on what will address your needs the most. However, the units generally have 1.6-litre capacities so you can expect performance to be more or less in the same area. If you’re looking for speed, petrol engines are good for you. If you’re looking for better CO2 emissions, diesel units should be right up your alley.
To be honest, the C3 Picasso has nothing that special to offer, but it’s a more practical vehicle though compared to other lower-slung options, and it provides a better driving position. There are others like it in the market but what sets the C3 Picasso apart is that you actually won’t mind being seen in one. Citroen is doing great work at getting design points for their vehicles and the C3 Picasso is one of the models raking them in, thanks to the company’s fresh take on a small and boxy MPV.
Inside, the C3 Picasso offers great visibility wherever you are seated. The dashboard is appealing too, with navigation easily achieved because its layout has been thought out well. There is also more than enough space in the cabin for passengers and luggage which immediate rivals can’t beat. The rear bench may also be slid up front or back to make room as needed.
On the road, the C3 Picasso rides just as well as any of its rivals. It can easily absorb excesses from UK streets and it does so quietly as it cruises along. If you’re likely to have heavy loads though, you might have better experience with a petrol unit.
While the Citroen C3 Picasso offers decent comfort inside, material quality needs to improve. But because the problem with material quality generally occurs below the knees, it’s not actually much of a problem for most people. More concern should be placed towards nuisances with steering and gear changes.
The C3 Picasso is not a fun vehicle so look for other options if you’re interested in something that will jazz up the way you drive. It does get things done though so it’s a good match if your priorities are focused on function and comfort.
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