The 2017 Citroen C3 Picasso is a fun and funky compact MPV that has a lot more going for it than just its somewhat unique and decidedly eye-catching design. While the little Citroen is big on capability and style, it keeps things nice and simple when it comes to just about everything else. So, let's take a closer look at what you're missing if you haven't been up close and personal with the C3 Picasso recently.
How it looks
If we're going to be brutally honest, MPVs of all shapes and sizes have rarely been anything much to look at. They've always been exercises in substance over style and vehicles that were designed first and foremost to fulfil a job of hauling people and their stuff from one place to another in a competent and comfortable manner. Citroen is a manufacturer that's doing its best to change all that though, and the Citroen C3 Picasso is a great illustration of how the French manufacturer is changing perceptions of what an MPV can and should be. It's inevitably a boxy a shape, but that's only to be expected for a genuine family car that's built on a super-mini sized wheelbase. The shape is the shape then, but Citroen has done a fantastic job of dressing it up with styling elements that make it interesting, desirable and contemporary without going too cutesy or funky or making it annoyingly polarizing.
How it drives
you take a look at the C3 Picasso's tall stance and assume it will ride and drive like it's on unbridled springs, you're going to be in for a pleasant surprise. In fact, it's actually pretty settled and it handles the increasingly annoying and prevalent potholes on our roads with some aplomb. Visibility is obviously very good as there's lots of glass all the way around, and of course, the seating position is fairly high and that also helps a great deal. The two available engines won’t blow anybody's socks off, but that's not what vehicles like this are for anyway. The petrol option is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder that produces 108 horsepower and 205 Nm of torque, while the diesel is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder developing 98 horsepower and an impressive 254 Nm of torque.
What you get for your money
are just two different trim levels of Edition and Platinum, and even the Edition comes with a healthy splattering of standard features and equipment for a starting price of just £17,505 including VAT. Standard kit includes air conditioning, tyre pressure monitors, rear parking sensors, electric windows all round, Bluetooth connectivity, 16-inch alloy wheels and cruise control. Stepping up to the Platinum trim then adds the likes of automatic dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, 17-inch "Clover" alloys, and automatic lights and windscreen wipers.
The 2017 Citroen C3 Picasso isn't going to get the blood pumping through the veins of the enthusiast driver, but with its great looks, class-leading space efficiency and excellent quality, the French manufacturer has delivered big time with what really matters to buyers in this class. This is definitely an MPV, so it isn’t a C3 SUV that will sell just because SUVs are in vogue. But any rivals who still think utility is the be-all and end-all for success in the MPV market had better think again.
The Citroen C3 Picasso is available now from Sportif Citroen Aylesbury, so get in touch now for more details and to arrange a test drive in the excellent compact MPV.