posted 6 years ago

New Citroen C3 Picasso Offers Best View in Town

The new Citroen C3 Picasso is the perfect multi-purpose vehicle for motorists who demand the best view in town.

The new Citroen C3 Picasso is the perfect multi-purpose vehicle for motorists who demand the best view in town. This is for one simple simple reason. The large wrap-around windscreen provides a commanding perspective of the road so driving the Picasso feels like surveying the scene from the bridge of an ocean liner. This sensation of space is heightened by the high roof line, generous interior space, and a rear window the size of a patio door.

Engines come in various flavours including two petrol and two diesel units. The 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrols produce 95 and 120bhp respectively, and these are perfectly adequate for gently cruising around town. The 1.6-litre diesel is available in 90 and 110bhp guise, both of which are slower to sixty than their petrol powered siblings. However, the diesels are more flexible thanks to their extra torque and the 90bhp unit returns an impressive combined average of 60mpg. By contrast, the most economical petrol engine only manages 40mpg.

Handling wise the C3 Picasso is adequate but unexceptional. It is clearly designed to be driven gently as manhandling it into apexes invites lots of body roll. This is due to the soft suspension which on rough roads can make the ride bouncier than a new trampoline. That said, the C3 Picasso is not claiming to be a sports car and family buyers will be generally satisfied with the handling.

Motoring.co.uk's new car database reveals the Citroen C3 Picasso is listed with 'buy safe' sellers from £10,445. Finance packages include a personal contract purchase plan for thirty-six payments of £219 at 6.9% APR, plus the £2,107 deposit. If you fancy owning the vehicle outright at the end of the contract, the final purchase payment is £4,093.