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Citroen C3 Picasso and Fiat Qubo MPVs

Citroen and Fiat to launch affordable mini MPVs

Citroen C3 Picasso

Prices known but spec not clear

Citroen C3 Picasso

Citroen has announced the UK pricing for its funky new C3 Picasso mini MPV, first shown at 2008’s Paris motor show.

Sadly we don’t know what equipment is actually included in that price. So, while we can tell you that an entry-level Citroen C3 Picasso will cost from £11,495, we don’t know exactly what you’re going to get for your money.

It’s an odd decision, due to Citroen wanting to keep some details back for the UK launch, taking place in March.

What we do know is that there will be three trim levels: VT, VTR+ and Exclusive. And there will be four engine choices: 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol, plus two 1.6-litre turbodiesels.

The pick of the range looks likely to be the top spec 108bhp diesel, but this will be available only in Exclusive trim for £15,595 – making it the most expensive C3 Picasso.

Which? understands that air conditioning may be made standard throughout the UK range – but this is still to be confirmed.

The C3 Picasso does benefit from a particularly spacious and versatile interior, with plenty of room for adult passengers despite its compact dimensions.

The Citroen C3 Picasso officially goes on sale 9 April 2009.

Fiat Qubo

Qubo sports ‘interesting’ styling

Fiat Qubo

Meanwhile Fiat has been busy launching a slightly larger alternative, the Qubo.

Based on the Fiat Fiorino van – which is in turn based on a shortened Fiat Grande Punto platform – the Qubo is a practical people carrier in a similar vein to the Citroen Berlingo Multispace and Peugeot Partner Tepee.

It is quite a bit smaller than the latest version of this, however – but was developed in conjunction with Peugeot-Citroen, who sell their own versions of the Qubo on the Continent.

There are two Qubo trim levels – Active and Dynamic – and two engines, although you really want the vastly superior 1.3-litre turbodiesel, rather than the lacklustre 1.4-litre petrol.

The Qubo is very roomy – as you’d expect from something that is basically a van – has 330 litres of luggage space under the parcel shelf, and up to 2,500 litres if you remove the rear seats.

And while it may look a little more ‘challenging’ than the C3 Picasso, the Fiat Qubo is priced from just £9,750. It’s on sale now.

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