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Citroen C3 Picasso Exclusive: Test Drive

Date: 08 April 2009   |   Author: Tom Webster

Category: supermini MPV
P11D price: £14,232
Key rival: Renault Grand Modus

Citroen may expect to sell the majority of C3 Picassos to fleet in VTR+ spec, but the Exclusive trim level brings extra practicality to the supermini MPV.

The biggest boost is the flat-folding front passenger seat that, when coupled with the totally flat-folding rear seats, extends the loading area to a full 2.41m.

Despite its incredibly versatile, practical and easy to use rear storage area, one thing the Picasso sadly lacks is out-of-sight cubbyholes. The Exclusive trim is an improvement to some extent thanks to the addition of under-floor storage in behind the front seats, but more in the cabin would be welcome.

The 1.6-litre petrol engine is good, and with emissions of 159g/km remains under the 160g/km capital allowances mark, but both the Nissan Note and Kia Soul rivals better the C3 Picasso's cost of 37.0p per mile, at 35.5 and 34.8ppm respectively.

Fuel economy, too, is respectable at 40.9mpg. However, with the 1.6 diesel 90PS and 110PS diesel engines claiming half as much again, with 60.1mpg for the lower powered version, it is hard to make a fleet case for the petrol.

Citroen C3 Picasso 1.6 VTI 120PS
Exclusive 5dr manual
P11D price£14,232
Model price range£11,495-£15,595
Fuel consumption40.9mpg
CO2 (tax) 159g/km (19%)
BIK 20/40% per month£45/£90
Service interval20,000mls
Insurancegroup 5
Boot space (min/max)500/1506 litres
Engine size/power1598cc/120PS
Top speed/0-62mph117mph/10.9secs
On sale 9 April 2009
VerdictA supremely roomy and
practical proposition, but
far better matched with
a diesel engine.


A supremely roomy and practical proposition, but far better matched with a diesel engine.