Citroen C3 Picasso

Best buy less than £16,000: Citroen C3 Picasso 1.4 VTi 95 VTR+
Citroen C3 Picasso

The new Nissan Note stood between the Citroen and victory this time round. In fact, in 1.5-litre diesel form, the Note beat the C3 Picasso 1.6 HDi in a head-to-head test late last year.

However, the 1.4 VTi is our pick of the C3 Picasso range because it's much more sensibly priced, economical and still comes with a respectable level of kit (air-con, alloys, cruise control and Bluetooth). VTR+ trim also brings plenty of safety equipment (six airbags, ESP and Isofix mounting points), although, like the Note, the Citroen misses out on a maximum crash-test safety rating.

The Nissan looks sleeker than the Citroen, but the French car has the larger glass area. It also has loads of storage space, and sliding rear seats mean you can juggle cabin and boot space as required.

As for the boot itself, it features an adjustable floor, which can be raised to the level of the lip or partition the luggage area. There's also underfloor storage - essential for the detritus of family life.

Key facts
0-60mph 12.2sec
Top speed 111mph
Fuel economy 44.8mpg
CO2 emission 145g/km
Tax liability 21%
Insurance group 10
List price £14,875
Target price £12,578

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