The C3 Picasso holds nothing for the enthusiast driver, but in its great looks, class-leading space efficiency and outstanding quality, Citroën has put its finger on the pulse of what matters most to those who shop in this class. So we can forgive its dull performance and handling, leaving only its uncomfortable driving position as its one serious flaw.
We love its head-turning looks, the space and practicality on offer inside, the quality of its interior fixtures and fittings and the tremendous all-round visibility. It’s a doddle to park, too. It’s well priced (especially with sizeable discounts taken into account) and returns reasonable fuel economy.
Certainly we know of no better all-rounder in this sector. The small MPV market is enjoying something of a renaissance, with the likes of the Toyota Verso-S, Kia Venga and Hyundai ix20 joining the Nissan Note to rival the C3 Picasso.
However, none can match the Citroën’s blend of looks and practicality. In fact, the Citroën would seriously make us question spending a few thousand more on a five-seat C4 Picasso or any of its rivals.