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The Citroen C3 Picasso is aimed squarely at the smaller family unit who require the flexibility of occasional large load carrying capability without losing the capability of being able to seat four adults for reasonably long journeys. To this extent it succeeds well,the back seats provide reasonable leg room but also fold flat to give a spacious and fully accessible load carrying area. I've successfully loaded and transported a ten drawer A0 map chest, an impressive achievement for a mid sized car.
The electronic multifunction display is centrally mounted and very clear, I like it but it gets mixed responses.
Performance is solid but unspectacular with my fuel consumption on the diesel model averaging 54mpg across all types of driving on a 3 year old car.
Main areas of dissatisfaction are lack of body support in the rear passenger seats and in particular the car electronics. I've had to replace 4 light bulbs of various types, some more than once, and I've twice had incidents where the driver side electronic window would stop working for a couple of days and then start working again.
These issues apart I've found the car is a reliable and sold performer to date, with no other areas of concern. It wont turn heads but it hasn't let me down either.
First of all I must say I was not looking to buy this model of car. I was origninally interested in a Berlingo but when we looked at the newer models at the showroom they appeared to be a lot larger than the older ones. They were more like a Transit van. They had the C3 Picasso there which appeared to be more my size of car. Generally a good all round versatile car. Normal driving 56MPG is achieved. The car was registered in December 2010 and I bought it August 2012. So far I've paid for 1 service, cost £199 and a pair of wiperblades. Performance is not exceptional for town driving but performs well on the motorway; will stay at 70MPH all day. One has to keep the revs up for decent acceleration. Gear selection is a little bit loose but the steering is very light. The driving position is higher than normal cars and visibility is very good. Controls are very easy to use and and the instruments very clear. One could say the car is a bit "plasticy" and occasionally has a few vibration noises. Two things I think could be improved on are a parking light and a better performing heater for the size of car.On balance so far I am pleased with the purchase of this vehicle.
I have had this car since May and I am very happy with it.
The fuel consumption worried me initially as the on board computer said we are getting 47 mpg. However, calculating the mileage against fuel used the figure is nearer 55. (mostly town driving).The car is the exclusive version and is very comfortable, even in the rear which had adjustable seats.
Visibility is excellent and it seems much bigger inside than the exterior suggests. I find the digital speedo easy to read and the position is excellent, no need to glance down. The speed limiter is an excellent gadget and I feel contributes to the good fuel consumption. Being the 16 valve HDi90 engine there is no particulate filter so no problems there. It is quite nimble with plenty of low down torque as you would expect from a diesel. No need for constant down shifts!! This replaced a HDi90 Peugeot 307 which we really enjoyed for 5 years and we have not been disappointed.
My C3 Picasso was advertised as a supermini but it's more than that- it's a SUPER mini. It does all that I want from a car, except doing the washing-up! Economy is good for my (mainly local) use, with low car tax and relatively low insurance. I need a good wide door because of my physical imperfections and I can get in and out more easily than any other car I've driven (quite a few!. I can pick up awkward loads if I need to and even use the roof bars for light-weight carriage. Driving characteristics are OK for me but I no longer go rallying. Driving position is comfortable with clear, easy to read instrument display. Service costs are OK too. Even the colour I chose is just right! Best car I've ever owned!
Lots of room for storage coupled with a roomy interior and excellent driving visibility, makes driving this car a pleasurable experience. The diesel option offers a fairly consistent 54 miles to the gallon, and the engine has a reasonable pull, even though the acceleration is not stellar (well, its a diesel!). The ride is comfortable, although some may find it a little soft.
The only downside for me is the reliability of the light bulbs, I've had to change head light bulbs and sidelight about 5 times in a three year period, this is much higher than any other car I've owned.
I Have this car 6 years in Jan 2014 and have been totally satisfied with it as star ratings show. With no breakdowns
and minimal repairs( 2 shocks)it has been very reliable. Used mainly on long runs I get 50mpg regularly. Mine is the
Exclusive model with automatic and alternative manual with
paddle shifters. I have read several reviews which complained of jerky gear change but mine is as smooth as silk. In fact I rarely use the full automatic option and
when I change maybe in 2years time it will be paddle shifters again.
The plus points are very comfortable passenger and driving seats, good fuel economy, low cost tax band, and lots of room in the boot and when seats folded down. We also like the slightly higher driving position.
The main thing we don't like is the constant rattle from the central console on the dashboard, we had a new one fitted but it is just as bad especially when cold, don't know if other cars of this model have this problem. Also the suspension is very soft and you get thrown around a bit over bumpy roads and corners.
Having owned a Fiat Doblo for some seven years, I then changed to a Citroen for the first time in my life. It has probably been one of the best cars I have had, so far.
It averages 57-60mpg and is a very flexible motor. It handles well and the ride is excellent. It has now done 31,000 miles and so far has had one set of tyres, one set of pads at the front and one set of discs and pads at the rear and is serviced by the supplying dealer once a year as well as a free pre-winter check each year also.
It is a car I recommend.
We bought the Picasso last year basically because it was a diesel and we had heard good things about them.
We were very dubious at first not knowing anyone who owned one.
It has been a brilliant car, very reliable, and very good on diesel, returning around 60mpg.
For a big car, it is also quite nippy once you get to third gear.
Running costs are also low, new tyres, servicing etc.
All in all we felt we have made a very good choice buying the car, and it is also extremely handy for our business.
Having moved from a C1 to the big boy the difference is incredible. So much space and great torque from the engine. It is a wee bit gutsy (44mpg) but hey its a big car.
Very comfortable with loads of gadgets. Superb radio. Great heater and air con.
Very comfortable with supportive seats. Steering light to park but firms up when on your way.
Cavarnous boot with loads of cubby holes. Rear seats fold flat to provide huge loading area.
Can't speak highly enough about the Picasso.
A practical car which can be used to carry a good load by lowering the seats in the reari.ie. Transporting students to and from University!
Genuine 55mpg with my 1600 Diesel engine . Excellent visibility all round and a great display which means you cannot fail but notice the speed you are travelling.
The radio and CD player are adequate for a reasonable sound and a digital radio would be even better.
I would be tempted to buy another.
I have had both petrol & diesel I changed to diesel for better fuel economy i now regularly 40+ miles to the gallon round town & 65+ miles to the gallon on a long run Only spares i have had to have is 2 rear tyres i also pay a monthly payment of £19.99 to cover yearly service & mot with free bulb changes free puncture repair winter & summer checks
I have had 5 Citrons in the past & this is the best one yet
The car is easy to get in and out and has a great driving position.
With the rear seats dropped there is a huge amount of internal space.
Performance is limited given the small engine but this does mean average m.p.g of 40+.It could do with a 6th gear to improve performance at higher speeds.
Insurance and road tax are also low.
Externally the car is quirky to look at and is more stylish than the opposition.
Found this great car online and contacted AZ Autos. From start to finish Stuart at AZ Autos was friendly, helpful and supportive, making the viewing & purchase an easy process. Great car, low mileage and great price compared to others of similar low mileage on the market. Plus, received 12 months free AA cover. Would definitely recommend AZ Autos - Thank you :-)
You get what you pay for. It's two years old and the only problem has been a squeak on the gear lever- which was rectified - it hadn't been lubricated apparently. Tyres seem quite expensive and the wheels seem particularly prone to minor damage. Very quit for a diesel and only £30 a year road tax.
the handling on this car is absolutely terrible,you get thrown all over the road, no give in suspension, very twitchy when going round bends have to keep checking the steering been back to main dealers twice no help at all . now running the car on reduced tyre pressures better but not much .
Nothing special when it comes to performance but reasonably economical an very comfortable. Good all-round vision.
Technology is reasonably up to date but lacking in 'start-stop' tech and no DAB radio option.
I've been very satisfied with my C3 Picasso.
A really good MPV vehicle. Recommend to anyone who want a good runaround and with comfort. Good MPG average on a run 55mpg, around town 48mpg.
Good service costs with no problems after 3 years. covered 11,100 miles since buying from new.
Extremely with running costs - road tax, diesel mpg.
Information re change of gear on speedometer is inaccurate.
Storage space sections (esp driver & front passenger)are not as good as other cars.
Everything is just what I wanted.
It is reliable, a bit light on the road in snow and ice. Then there is hardly any traction or steering. Making driving it in those conditions tricky. The dash could utilise the space better to give extra compartments.