Even though the only retro touch on the C3 Picasso is the fact that it reminds you more of a van instead of a car, the Citroen design lineage is clearly visible from almost every angle. For a round(ish) box on wheels, the front is rather expressive, with the L-shaped headlights somewhat reminiscent of its C4 bigger brother.
The addition of dark-painted plastic bits and a bit of plastic "chrome" is actually tasteful and doesn't look kitschy at all on a car this small. As we mentioned earlier, our C3 was equipped with the "Exclusive" trim level, which, apart from the black-painted inserts in the bumpers and on other parts of the car also added the 17-inch "Clover" wheels.
The effect given by the "Exclusive" package is that of a mildly "tuned" car, and it does take quite a lot away from the van-look you might experience while glancing at it from the distance. The side view is a bit less impressive than the front, so if it wasn't for the "Clover" wheels it would have probably looked downright ugly.
Getting to the rear is where its look gets really weird. The exterior design bits from the "Exclusive" package can't really help the utilitarian look of the back, while the rounded "locomotive from the 1930s" taillights don't make it exactly appealing.
The humongous side windows are great for visibility, but they also give an odd design effect on such a tall and narrow vehicle. All in all, the only part where everyone agrees about the C3 Picasso's design is the fact that it's unique and it doesn't try to copy anything overall. The opinions about its beauty or ugliness are obviously mixed, which kind of makes this a "love it or hate it" car. Therefore, we can't give it good marks, nor bad ones.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
I always thought that Citroen were in the business of making ugly cars... ahem... not ugly aquariums on wheels. This was probably the first time I ever felt like my children's gold-plated goldfish while driving a car in the rain.
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