Citroën C3 Picasso (09 on) - Review

Review by Chris Ebbs on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
3.5
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.

4 out of 5

Comfort

There is plenty of room for the driver and front passenger with good legroom and a tall cabin that offers plenty of headroom - the front seats are also supportive and offer good comfort for longer journeys. The rear offers plenty of room for small children but things get a little tighter for taller adults if the front seats are fully back. On the plus side, Citroen has put extra effort in to reducing engine noise and it has paid off with the C3 Picasso being quiet even at high speeds.

4.5 out of 5

Practicality

The amount of space on offer in the C3 Picasso is impressive with boot space that can store a load of 385 litres with all five seats in place. Usefully the rear seats can slide forward to create a bigger boot space of 500 litres - that's more than a Honda Civic - but this does limit the amount of legroom for passengers in the back. It's clever too with an adjustable boot floor and magnetic flaps on the back seats to create a fully flat surface between the back seats and boot space. On the Exclusive model, the front passenger seat can also be folded to create even more room - ideal for transporting longer items. The low boot lip means it's easy to lift bigger and heavier objects in and out.

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Behind the wheel

The visibility in the C3 Picasso is excellent thanks to a high seating position. It's helped further by the large rear windscreen while the wraparound windscreen means that the view of the road is very good. This also makes the interior feel light. The only real problem comes from the interior plastics. The VT and VTR+ models feel cheap with their scratchy plastics, but surprisingly it is the top of the range Exclusive model interiors that let the C3 Picasso down most. With a random mixture of materials from shiny black for the air conditioning panel to the cheap-looking plastic stereo panel mixed with leather, chrome and silver non-slip trim, it's a confused look.