Greener Citroen C3 Picasso cuts costs

* Diesel C3 Picasso gets greener * Road tax cut from 120 to 35 * Basic version still more than 120g/km...

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What Car? Staff
3 Nov 2009 14:07 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

The Citroen C3 Picasso is now greener, with improved economy and CO2 emissions.

Improvements slash road tax
Modifications to the 1.6-litre HDi diesel engine fitted to the VTR+ and Exclusive versions have reduced CO2 output from 125g/km to 119g/km.

This means that both versions fall in to VED band C, which will result in road tax being slashed from 120 a year to just 35.

Fuel economy has also improved from 60.1mpg to 62.8mpg.

Cheaper models miss out on savings
Sadly, even though the cheaper 1.6 HDi VT model has had its CO2 emissions cut from 128g/km to 123g/km, which means it won't qualify for the cheaper road tax.

A Citroen spokesman said: 'The laws of physics dictate that the 15-inch wheels on the VT deliver slightly higher CO2 emissions and marginally lower mpg than the 16-inch wheels on the higher-specification VTR+ and Exclusive models.

'However, the bulk of C3 Picasso sales are in VTR+ spec and above, therefore the majority of customers will benefit from the lower CO2 and better economy.'

Citroen C3 Picasso details
Version
1.4 VTi 95 VT
1.6 HDi 90 VT
1.4 VTi 95 VTR+
1.6 VTi 120 VTR+
1.6 HDi 90 VTR+
1.4 VTi 95 Exclusive
1.6 VTi 120 Exclusive
1.6 HDi 90 Exclusive
1.6 HDi 110 DPFS ExclusiveCO2 emissions g/km
159
123
157
159
119
157
159
119
130MPG combined cycle
40.9
60.1
41.5
40.9
62.8
41.5
40.9
62.8
57.6On the road
11,795
12,895
12,895
13,645
13,995
13,995
14,745
15,095
15,895
Extra connectivity
Citroen is offering a new Bluetooth hands-free kit for both the VTR+ and Exclusive models. It costs 200 and comes with a built-in USB port.