The Citroen C3 Picasso is a compact MPV that offers seating for five, a cosseting ride and secure handling.
It’s also affordable and cheap to run, which more than makes up for the fact that it’s not quite as good to drive or as spacious as a Ford B-Max.
Customers can pick from a choice of two trims. The entry-level Edition version comes with 16in alloy wheels, air-con, cruise control, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and rear parking sensors. The Platinum model gets a host of trim upgrades, including tinted rear glass and bigger 17in alloy wheels, as well as dual-zone climate, automatic lights and wipers and electric heated mirrors. Unless you really want some of those upgrades, we’d save the money and go for the Edition version.
Only two engine options are available. One is a three-cylinder 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol, badged the Puretech 110, the other is a four-cylinder 1.6-litre diesel called the BlueHDi 100. Both come with a five speed manual gearbox. There’s no automatic option, though. Either way, unless you’re doing an awful lot of miles each year, we’d recommend the Puretech 110. It’s a punchy, flexible and efficient engine that suits the Picasso very well. It’s also a lot cheaper than the diesel.