2014 Citroen C3 Picasso VTR+ 1.6 diesel from UK and Ireland
Excellent economical all-rounder and more interesting than most family cars
I have owned it from new and covered 26000 miles so far. No faults at all. Haven't replaced anything. Topped up the oil slightly after the first 3000 miles; since then it has barely used any at all between 12000 mile services.
I wanted a car big enough for family holidays, able to carry 3 or 4 passengers and their suitcases in the boot, but short enough to get into small parking spaces. Also, wanted good fuel economy and low emissions - annual road tax on this is still £20 (UK). It is great to drive, diesel provides a lot of low down torque which gives much better acceleration than expected. Fun handling on the twisty bits, you can really shift a lot faster than you might expect - stable and predictable at speed. Over nearly 3 years of ownership, it has grown on me massively. I will keep it, I wouldn't hesitate to buy again. Comfortable and quiet on 500 mile trips or round town. It will happily cruise at 80+mph and returns over 50 MPG under virtually ANY conditions. I get about 62-65 MPG on runs and 50-55 MPG in slow traffic. Seats are good and the rear seats adjustable for rake and they slide forward a little, which gives extra space in the boot if required. One handed folding of the rear seats and a level floor makes loading a breeze.
Passengers love it, great visibility and dashboard display is excellent. Drawbacks? A bit slow to warm up due to the mass of the diesel engine; glovebox is tiny, just big enough for errrr... a pair of gloves! (but door pockets are large, so not a problem). No spare wheel as standard, I guess to keep the weight down for emissions, but I bought a full-size spare on eBay cheap - it fits fine in the spare wheel well in the boot. All in all, a great car. And I have owned everything from Alfa to Zagato.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th November, 2016