Which used Citroën C3 Picasso MPV should I buy?
The main question to answer will be whether to buy a petrol or diesel. The 1.4-litre petrol really does feel underpowered, especially on the motorway and when laden. The 1.6-litre petrol is better, though, and would be the model to choose if you cover low-to-medium mileages. If you’ll be doing a high mileage, however, then the diesels offer a better driving experience thanks to having more torque, and should be cheaper to run.
Citroen C3 Picasso trim levels are the VT, VTR+ and Exclusive with the VT offering two airbags, central locking, electric front windows and split folding rear seats. Its lack of air conditioning lead most first owners to opt for the VTR+ which, in addition, got side airbags, cruise control, 16in alloy wheels and front fog lights.
Exclusive models upgraded to climate control, rear parking sensors, rear electric windows, auto wipers and lights and a passenger seat that folds flat to make carrying long loads easier. Late in 2010 VTR+ and Exclusive models were upgraded to include a USB and Bluetooth system.
Facelifted models from 2013 have better quality interiors on the VTR+ and Exclusive models and a modicum of increased equipment. There were a number of special editions – Airdream+, Code, Blackcherry to name but a few – and these generally offered additional colours and slightly improved equipment levels such as alloy wheels and upgraded audio equipment.
Our favourite Citroen C3 Picasso: 2014 1.6 VTi VTR+