Citroen C3 Picasso MPV 2013 review - CarBuyer
The C3 Picasso is a compact minivan. The fourth car in the dynasty of Citroen, which bears the name Picasso. It was first shown at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008. Sales began in the first quarter of 2009. Built on the platform of Peugeot 207 and has with it a common wheelbase (2540 mm). The C-Cactus concept car, shown in September 2007, is considered the “predecessor” of the model.
With its proportions 4078 mm in length, 1624 mm in height and ground clearance of 174 mm, the C3 Picasso resembles a small trailer. The car has a rather original exterior. Designed by Carlos Bonzanigo, the author of the sedan Citroen C6. A high massive front part with a large grille and expressive “eyes” - headlights add distinctiveness, and an unusual windshield with sectors flowing to the sidewalls adds charm to the car. With a panoramic roof, the glazing area at C3 Picasso is one of the largest in the class - 4.52 m² (in the standard 3.37 m²).
Despite its compact dimensions, the model has a spacious cabin that offers enough space for passengers and baggage transportation. This applies equally to the space in the front and rear seats. Get behind the wheel will not be particularly difficult, even for a driver above average height and almost any build. This also contributes to the driver's seat height adjustment and adjustable tilt and departure steering column.
The salon is very bright, beautifully decorated, the quality of materials at a decent level, insulation at height. The instrument cluster is placed in the center, under the windshield. The information display pleases with a clear image and readable readings. Ergonomically located on the center console climate control, audio buttons, as well as the steering column switches, with which you can remotely control some functions, allow you to fully concentrate on driving. The vents made of chrome and the slightly roughened material of the front panel nicely stand out against the background of the usually monochromatic hard plastic.
Asymmetrically divided in the proportions of 60:40 and having the backrest tilt adjustment, the rear seats turn into a flat platform with a flick of the wrist. Moreover, they can be displaced in the longitudinal direction by 15 cm, thereby increasing or decreasing legroom or space for luggage. When fully seated in places, the capacity of the luggage compartment is from 385 l. Moreover, due to the shift of the rear seats forward loading space increases to an impressive 500 liters. Moreover, if you fold the seat of the 2nd row ("in the floor"), the capacity of the cargo compartment reaches 1505 liters. The standard equipment also has a removable raised floor, under which there is another niche that provides additional opportunities for placing small items in the luggage compartment. If necessary, you can order and "underground" boxes, and folding tables, and the rear armrest with the hatch, and a folding backrest of the front passenger seat.
In the Russian market, the Citroen C3 Picasso is offered in two basic versions, equipped with one of two petrol power units: a volume of 1.4 l / 95 hp. or 1.6 l / 120 hp Diesel modifications to the Russian market are not imported. You can choose from a manual or robotic transmission.
Particular attention is paid to the designers of Citroen security. Along with the systems generally accepted for this class of cars, the Comfort package includes side airbags and curtain airbags for head protection. In addition, it is possible to optionally order a system of dynamic stabilization of exchange rate stability (ESP).
The updated C3 Picasso debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Major changes have not happened, but cosmetic changes in appearance are obvious and they are all concentrated in the front. Externally, the C3 Picasso 2013 model year can be distinguished from the dorestaylingovoy car on a modified grille and a new front bumper with a different air intake and other sections of the fog, where there are stripes of LED running lights. Inserts black color retired. The Citroen badge lay again from headlamp to headlamp, like in the good old days of the C6. Also, the new sport wheel design with a modified design, available in diameters of 15 and 16 inches. At the rear of the compact, no changes have occurred.
White, beige, black, dark gray, blue, silver, lemon yellow, red were added to the wide color palette of colors, two new colors of enamel were added: ink blue Encre and white mother of pearl Nacre.
Otherwise, the exterior of the C3 Picasso remains the same - inflated surfaces of wheel arches, a short hood, weightless front roof pillars, a large glass area, correctly rectangular doorways, compact feed with a vertical surface.
Salon restyled C3 Picasso has remained the same, but is offered with an additional option of the combined finishes of fabric and leather. The novelty differs from its predecessor in innovative technical solutions. Experts have installed a proprietary satellite system eMyWay: you can easily connect a rear-view camera to it.
Engines for the model remained the same. The compact will still be equipped with two 1.4 VTi petrol engines with 95 hp. And 1,6 VTi with a return of 115 hp
Positioned by the manufacturer as a practical, roomy car for couples with children.