Since the exterior had such a funky design, we were expecting the same Citroen design lunacy in the interior as well. As we jumped inside for the first time, that became clearer as day. Citroen interior designers have once again formed a tight team with the engineers, and the results are more than reassuring.
First of all, except for the lack of a hub-less steering wheel (which we kind of missed, as a matter of fact), everything inside is clearly Citroen. The center-mounted tachometer, the part-leather/part-velour seats upholstery, the cream and silver colors seen everywhere you look and the soft feel of the dashboard - all these details contribute to a very "French" feeling from the first moment you step inside.
As you would expect, despite having a very city-like exterior size, the C3 Picasso has an absolutely gigantic interior volume, especially when thinking vertically. It's probably one of the very few rare examples when marketing doesn't actually lie about the car it's trying to sell, since Citroen nicknames the C3 Picasso the "spacebox".
As far as ergonomics go, everything is close to perfect. For example, since the tachometer and other important displays are moved in a more central position, there isn't a single position of the height AND depth adjustable steering wheel that would obstruct the driver's view of the instruments. Also, despite our original fears (as in the C4 Coupe we tested earlier), the center-mounted dash is very easy to follow, since it's not exactly "central" in the Picasso.
The areas where designers and engineers clearly co-worked are the numerous storage areas and the flexibility of almost all the seats in the car. For example, the front passenger's seat can fold forward in order to increase the available interior length when at least one of the rear seats is also folded. That way, you can carry a surfboard or even a small piano with the legs removed, compromising just half of the available passenger space.
The rear seats can be slid forward and backwards independently, in order to either increase rear passenger legroom or the already large luggage compartment. Speaking of the luggage area, by using the aforementioned technique, the trunk volume can grow from 385 liters (13.6 cubic feet) to 500 liters (17.7 cubic feet), and then to a staggering 1506 liters (53.2 cubic feet) by folding the rear seats flat using a 60:40 percentage.
What we didn't like was the fact that seating so high also has its disadvantages. For example, the handbrake lever can only be used if you have orangutan hands, while the driver's seat-mounted hand support can semi-obstruct you from shifting into second gear. Other than that, the Citroen C3 Picasso has a quite likable and ergonomic interior. Continue reading