Citroën C3 Picasso (2009 -) Review

Review by Chris Ebbs on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
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The C3 Picasso sets out to create something that offers practicality on the inside with an individual image and funky styling on the outside. The styling certainly sets it apart from anything else this size while its clever use of space and excellent visibility give it an edge over alternatives like the Nissan Note and Vauxhall Meriva.

Citroën C3 Picasso (09 on)
  • Easy to drive
  • Good visibility
  • Practical storage space
  • Quiet at high speeds
  • Frugal engines
  • Sluggish petrol engines
  • Bouncy ride
  • Cheap feeling interior

New price range:

£13,490 - £17,720

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Used price range:

£3,261 - £11,252

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

The C3 Picasso sets out to create something that offers practicality on the inside with an individual image and funky styling on the outside. The styling certainly sets it apart from anything else this size while its clever use of space and excellent visibility give it an edge over alternatives like the Nissan Note and Vauxhall Meriva. Drive wise it is rather dull and some engines are sluggish, but what it lacks in power and excitement it makes up for in its functional use of space and size. Plenty of rear passenger space and a large boot make it ideal as a family car.

Facelift in 2013

In 2013 a facelift was announced. There's a tweak to the HDi 110 engine meaning more power with the same fuel economy and emissions, while some kit was added to some of the trims and there are a few more optional extras too.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

3 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying new

4 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Plenty of (leg) room for a fifth passenger. Nice high and wide-opening doors even though they need effort to open and close fully - a bonus in high winds. A big boot, well covered by the door when...  

5 out of 5

Geoff Anderson ,   29 Dec 2014    ... read more

 Easy to get into and good high driving position. Also, good all round vision, very necessary when you have to be very vigilant with the number of bad drivers on the roads.  

5 out of 5

Amy kenny ,   09 Dec 2014    ... read more

 Plenty of interior space but compact exterior dimensions.  

4 out of 5

Geoff Ball ,   30 Nov 2014    ... read more

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