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Citroën C3 Picasso MPV (2009-2017) - Interior & comfort

Some buttons and instruments are fiddly to use in the Citroen C3 Picasso

Carbuyer Rating

3.1 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.2 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

3.0 out of 5

The Citroen C3 Picasso's suspension has been set up with comfort in mind and it does an excellent job of protecting you and your passengers from bumps in the road.

The car’s boxy shape gives you plenty of interior space, but unusually for a car with such bluff styling, there isn’t much wind noise at speed. That gives the Picasso a rather unexpected ‘big car’ feel.

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The driver’s seat adjusts for height, while the steering wheels adjusts for both height and reach, so it should be easy for most people to get comfortable behind the wheel.

Citroen C3 Picasso dashboard

The dashboard has all the controls on one panel for convenience, but we found the C3’s sat nav (when fitted) is quite fiddly to operate.

All models have steering-wheel-mounted controls for the stereo, which is just as well because some of the dashboard controls can be blocked by the gearstick.

The biggest problem is the look and feel of the dashboard. The C3 Picasso’s rivals, such as the Ford B-MAX and Vauxhall Meriva, have come on in leaps and bounds, so the Picasso now feels rather old-fashioned by comparison.

Equipment

Because it’s due for replacement soon, the C3 Picasso is only available in two trim levels, Edition and Platinum. The Edition is well equipped, coming with rear parking sensors, cruise control, alloy wheels and Bluetooth phone connectivity, while the Platinum model costs £1,000 more and features bigger 17-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a pair of 12v sockets, tinted rear windows, and a leather steering wheel, as well as automatic headlights and emergency braking assistance.

Options

The C3 Picasso is only available in higher-spec Edition and Platinum trims, so options are relatively limited. The £465 Automatic pack (standard on the Platinum model) adds dual-zone air-conditioning, automatic wipers and headlights and a leather steering wheel, while Citroen’s EMYWAY sat-nav system comes in at £800. One option we do recommend is the £80 space-saver spare wheel.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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