Even though the PSA Peugeot Citroen Group isn't far behind Renault as a manufacturer with an increasing number of models featuring five EuroNCAP stars, the C3 Picasso can't be found on that list. The main reason for the car achieving only four stars after the aforementioned crash test is apparently the fact that it doesn't offer electronic stability control in standard on all its versions.
In other words, a C3 Picasso fitted with ESP, such as our car was, would have passed the test with flying colors, so we will give it top marks from this point of view. Considering the data gathered from EuroNCAP, the car's safety cell and crumple zones are very well designed since it achieved very good frontal impact scores and maximum scores in the side impact category.
As far as the airbag protection goes, our test car was fitted in standard with two single-stage frontal airbags, two side airbags for the front passengers, two head airbags that run from the front to the rear and a knee airbag for the driver. Also, the front passengers are also treated by two seatbelt double pretensioners with load limiters.
Apart from the standard anti-lock braking system, our C3 Picasso was also fitted with emergency brake distribution and electronic stability control, all of them ready to minimize any "insane racing" tendencies from the driver. Overall, the Citroen C3 Picasso is a pretty safe car and we would certainly trust it to carry our younger relatives to school.Continue reading