Our test car was fitted with the four-cylinder gasoline engine born out of the BMW-PSA Peugeot Citroen short-term marriage. With a displacement of 1.6-liters but without the direct injection featured on its bigger brothers, the rather small mill is not exactly a best friend of in-city fuel consumption, even on a car as light as the C3 Picasso.
During our five day test drive, the best fuel consumption figures we achieved in the city were 10.5 liters per 100 kilometers (US 22.4 mpg), while the average numbers encountered in heavy traffic and a heavier right foot were in the range of 12.5-13 liters per 100 kilometers (US 18.1-18.8 mpg). This isn't exactly a high fuel consumption compared to the official figures, which are 9.4 liters per 100 km (US 25 mpg), but it's too much for a car as small and as light as this.
As far as the better in-city features go, our test car's greatest one was probably the overall visibility. First of all, the driver's position is as high as in a compact van or even a small SUV, so you are able to see farther in the distance. Second of all, the overall windowed area is enormous compared to the car's size, while the rear view mirrors were more than adequately sized.
For the more family-oriented drivers, there's even a smaller interior rearview mirror to check on the children poking their eyes out on the rear seat.
If the great overall visibility wasn't enough, our test car was also fitted with parking sensors in the rear. We obviously found them a bit unnecessary, mostly by considering the other parking "aids" the car was fitted with. The high seating position is also a consequence of the mildly-high ground clearance, which is helpful when running over a speed bump while having a "too optimistic" speed.
The suspension has a pretty long travel and it's quite comfy on paved roads, but the 17-inch "Clover" wheels with low tire side-walls make the car have a bit of a jumpy feeling over potholes or speed bumps. Overall, the Citroen C3 Picasso is one of the few family MPVs that feels right at home in the city doing short shopping errands or driving the kids to school.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Wow! This is new! An ugly French car named after a dead painter. When will Citroen ever stop designing weird caskets on wheels like this? Don't they ever learn that controversial design only works for odd people? And I like to think that the percentage of normal people is higher than for the odd ones.
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