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Citroën C3 Picasso MPV (2009-2017) - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Citroen C3 Picasso is capable of more than 70mpg with a diesel engine

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You can buy cheaper small MPVs, but you should be able to haggle a fair chunk off the price of a new Citroen C3 Picasso. That’s particularly important bearing in mind that a C3 Picasso will be worth less than other models of the same age when you come to sell. Haggling helps you offset this loss. You can expect a C3 Picasso to be worth around 32% of its original price after three years and 36,000 miles – compared to 42% for a Ford B-MAX.

Citroen C3 Picasso MPG and CO2

If you’re looking to eke as many miles per gallon as possible from your C3 Picasso, then the diesel is the best choice. Citroen says it’ll return 72.4mpg on average, which is very good for a car like this.

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However, the petrol engine is a little more enjoyable, and is around £1,000 less expensive to buy. Drivers who cover fewer than around 12,000 miles per year are likely to find themselves saving money by opting for the petrol car – which still manages 56.5mpg.

Every new Citroen C3 Picasso will cost £140 a year in road tax.

Insurance group

Insurance for the C3 Picasso should be reasonable. The petrol version sits in group 14, while the diesel is group 16.

Warranty

The Citroen warranty offers buyers peace of mind for three years or 60,000 miles – whichever comes first. If you think this won’t be enough, the Kia Venga comes with a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty.

Servicing costs

Maintenance for the Citroen C3 Picasso should be cheap and the brand is currently offering a fixed-price service for £149, which includes the collection and delivery of your car.

Citroen offers service plans which cost from £11 a month, depending on which model you drive and how much you drive it.

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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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