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 !

General Comments:

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

24th Oct 2013, 03:10

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.

24th Oct 2013, 03:13

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.

2009 Citroen C3 Picasso Comfort 1.6 turbo diesel from Sweden


Great fun and very roomy


A linkage to the front wheel drive was replaced under warranty. Other than this, no problems whatsoever.

General Comments:

I like this car. Nice styling with a combination of hard and soft edges on a boxy cube. It stands out from the crowd. This cube is cute!

It is a nice drive, it feels steady and secure on the road. Not sporty, but friendly and relaxed with light steering.

Suspension is a bit too stiff for a french car, but seats are comfortable and sound levels are low. It feels good to sit a bit high up and looking down on other vehicles. :) The 3-part panorama view really helps visibility.

Nice equipment with digital speedo, very easy to read. Dual zone climate control, parking assistant, cruise control. It has more than you need.

The diesel engine is fast and responsive, it is the 110 hp version so the car almost feels overmotorised. Revs a bit high on the motorway, I would welcome a 6th gear.

It is economic in the city and on on slower roads. If driving fast on the motorway, the fuel tank gets empty soon. The boxiness isn't the most aerodynamic design.

It's easy to fold down the back seats, and this car is made for shopping at IKEA. I'm amazed at how much things fit in there.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2011

2010 Citroen C3 Picasso 1.6 HDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Efficient and adequate


Had this car since October 2010, and nothing has gone wrong yet.

Although there was a worrying moment, when at 1500 miles, the service light came on, along with a message on the display screen 'RISK OF FILTER'. Visited the Citroen dealer, and spoke to one of the service guys. He said nothing to worry about, but because it's a diesel, the filter gets clogged if just driving it round town, so I took it up the motorway and gave it a blast. The message soon went off.

Not a very comfortable car on a long distance drive; I get a stiff back. But adequate for round town driving.

General Comments:

Very fuel efficient.

Lots of space.

Very quick speed increase.

As it is a high car, you need to slow down more to take bends, as I was worried the car would tip over (I know it won't, but it feels like it).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2011