Picasso So, the business end of the Citroen C3 Picasso's cabin is a little quirky but the best part is the unusual, three-part windscreen.
So, the business end of the Citroen C3 Picasso's cabin is a little quirky but the best part is the unusual, three-part windscreen. The deep front section is bordered on either side by split A-pillars. This is nothing new but on the Citroen C3 Picasso, the frame separates at the top, forming thin supports, slightly forward of the main A-pillar. The result is an almost panoramic view with very little obstruction. Citroen boasts that the C3 Picasso has one of the largest glazed areas in its class at 3.37sq-metres, while customers choosing the Exclusive 1.6HDI 110PS can increase this to 4.52 sq-metres if they order the panoramic sunroof (£520).
The Citroen C3 Picasso could be described as a 'light-box' as well as 'Spacebox'. Either way, box is the operative word. The marked but curvy, two-box shape is certainly functional and from the side, the length tends to make it look sleeker than it is, however, the front end is certainly not pretty.
The short but high bonnet houses multi-faceted headlight clusters that extend awkwardly into the wings. Below, the fog-lights are set into chunky, black housings either side of the upper grille, which match the rear bumper and side rubbing-strips. Further down in the lower front skirt, is a larger central grille with chrome trimmed air intakes, either side. It all seems a tad incongruous and is not helped by the positioning of the 'Picasso' script on the leading edge of the bonnet, alongside the large Citroen emblem.
But forget all that - the Citroen C3 Picasso is a really nice car to drive, which I was slightly surprised by. Functional and family-orientated can mean boring and wallowy but this is not the case.
Citroen C3 Picasso Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Citroen Citroen C3 Picasso|
|Colour||Cherry Red Pearlescent|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||14.7 seconds|
|Top Speed||108 mph|
|Transmission||5 Speed Manual|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||70.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 09/06/09)||£13,695|