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Citroën C3 Picasso MPV (2009-2017) - Practicality & boot space

Citroen C3 Picasso proves that practicality is not the same thing as space

Carbuyer Rating

3.1 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.2 out of 5

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Practicality & boot space Rating

3.5 out of 5

Visibility in the Citroen C3 Picasso is generally excellent. You get a good view of the road ahead from the raised driving position and the thin windscreen pillars keep blind spots to a minimum.

A length of four metres means the C3 Picasso isn’t a huge car. This, along with the power steering, means dodging into a parking space shouldn’t be too difficult. Standard rear parking sensors and an optional rear-view camera make parking even easier.

Citroen C3 Picasso interior space and storage

One of the biggest criticisms of the C3 Picasso is its relative lack of useful storage areas – something you wouldn’t expect from a small MPV. The C3’s glovebox is small, while the storage space in the dashboard isn’t any better and there’s no storage between the two front seats. The Vauxhall Meriva is much better in this respect.

Most adults should be able to get comfortable in the back. The rear seats slide forwards and backwards to allow you to balance rear legroom with boot space, but if you need lots of room in the boot, kneeroom will be at a premium for most people. 

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Meanwhile, the panoramic sunroof of the Platinum model gives the interior a light and airy feel but robs the cabin of rear headroom, making it feel cramped for taller adults.

Boot space

The Citroen’s boot holds 385 litres of luggage – and if you push the rear seats forward, this extends to 500 litres. This goes some way towards making up for the lack of cubbyholes and it should be big enough to swallow two children's buggies if needed. It’s also substantially bigger than rivals such as the Nissan Note (325 litres) and Ford B-MAX (318 litres).

The boot floor is adjustable, too, so you can have either a perfectly flat loading area (with storage below) or a larger space.

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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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