2009 Citroen C3 Picasso HDI Exclusive 1.6 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
A very disappointing replacement for the Xsara Picasso
Screen wash fuse blew when the screen wash was frozen.
After having driven the Xsara Picasso 1.6 HDI for almost 40,000 miles through France, Spain, and Portugal, I found the C3 Picasso a disappointing car. After 20,000 miles I can give the following comparison:
The Xsara's suspension is more forgiving. The C3's suspension is hard, finds all the bumps.
Performance: the Xsara is adequate. The C3 lacks the urge of the Xsara.
Comfort: The Xsara's front seats are OK, rears are a bit hard on long journeys. The C3's front seats are a bit hard, and the rear seats similar. The C3's seats fold easier.
The Xsara has a decent, air conditioned glove box that's great for drinks and food. The C3's glove box is an insult to the name.
Underseat tray: Xsara, where it should be, under the driver's seat. C3 is under the passenger seat!
Tailgate: Xsara is OK. C3 is a ridiculous shape, good for scalping the unwary 6 footer.
After rain, when opening the C3 doors, the water runs down the INSIDE of the doors !
A car full of promise, but as far as I am concerned, bring back the Xsara Picasso.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th May, 2011
The C3 Picasso was not a replacement for the Xsara Picasso, the C4 Picasso was.
Still, it's disappointing to see that you weren't keen on it.
I drive/have driven a number of older and new Citroens (work at a franchise) and have had 2 Xsara Picassos as company cars... and for me, the C3 Picasso is vastly superior to drive. A little smaller yes, a little less roomy, but much more of an enjoyable car to drive. I also find the 90bhp 1.6 HDI is much more willing than the 2.0 90 unit in the previous model, as well as more economical.
The C4 Picasso is the real replacement for the Xsara; much closer in terms of space and size.
Extra comment - I have to agree with you on the glovebox though, it is stupidly small and there are fewer oddments spaces in the cabin. In that regard it is not as good as the Xsara Picasso.