Citroen C3 Picasso

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How much does the Citroen C3 Picasso cost to run?

The 1.6L diesel is the most economical Citroen C3 Picasso to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Citroen C3 Picasso 1.6L diesel costs £30.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band C.

It does just over 67 MPG on average, which means it will cost £9.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

This is at the other end of the spectrum compared to the best in class Nissan Note 1.5L diesel which achieves almost 81 MPG.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 12, which is lower than the Ford B Max 1.5L diesel, but higher than the Renault Grand Scenic 1.5L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Peugeot Partner Tepee has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.2L petrol1.4L petrol1.6L diesel1.6L petrol
mpg56.540.9 - 44.856.5 - 72.440.9 - 47.1
emissions115145 - 159101 - 132137 - 159
tax£30.00£160.00 - £200.00£145.00 - £20.00£145.00 - £200.00
insuranceGroup 14Group 10Group 10 - 16Group 13

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Citroen C3 Picasso: How big is the boot?

The Citroen C3 Picasso has an above average boot space (469 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and 3 large bags. Alternatively you could load up with 4 large bags or 4 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Citroen Berlingo Multispace MPV is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 5 large bags with its 762 litres.

Is the Citroen C3 Picasso easy to park?

While not the absolute narrowest car (that is the Nissan Note), this is in the top third for ease of parking in car parks. Given a typical supermarket space, it will fill just under three quarters of the space.

If you park on the street regularly, this is one of the cars to shortlist. At 4078m long it gives you reasonable 722mm space to move the car in and out of the bay.

Which Citroen C3 Picasso has the best performance?

The fastest Citroen C3 Picasso from 0-60, is the 1.6L diesel (if you’re a petrol head, it has 270 lbs/ft torque and 115 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 11.2 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Kia Venga 1.6L petrol, which will beat your Citroen C3 Picasso to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.2L petrol1.4L petrol1.6L diesel1.6L petrol
zeroTo6211.812.2 - 13.911.2 - 14.711.5 - 13.9
torque205134 - 136218 - 270160 - 161
bhp1109590 - 115120

What size caravan or trailer, can the Citroen C3 Picasso tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Citroen C3 Picasso 1.6L diesel which has 270 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1200kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.