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The C3 Picasso looks expensive alongside its compact MPV rivals, but you should be able to negotiate a very big discount at dealerships. We’ve found some great online deals, including over £4,300 off a popular diesel version.
Masters of the MPV class, Citroën launched the C3 Picasso in 2009 as a smaller MPV sister to the C4 Picasso. Despite its compact overall dimensions, the C3 Picasso offers decent space for passengers and luggage. It’s also fairly good on the road where, although not hugely fun to drive, its suspension is absorbent and cornering behaviour is safe.
Its Achilles heel? … safety. Unless you go for a top-spec Exclusive model, you’ll miss out on the full complement of airbags, and on the base VT version stability control is only an optional extra. There was also a recall of more than 20,000 C3 Picassos in 2011 after the BBC Watchdog show discovered that the brakes could be applied by a passenger without the driver’s knowledge. Citroën has since rectified that problem, and all new models have a more rigid cover over the braking system cable.
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C3 Picasso Diesel Discounts
If you’re looking to purchase a C3 Picasso make sure you buy a version with ESC stability control fitted.
We’d recommend the diesels over the petrol models. The 1.6 HDi diesel, in 90bhp form, provides perfectly adequate performance, with plenty of low-down pulling power. It did, however, come up short of its claimed mpg figure in our more realistic mpg test – we measure 54.3 mpg compared with Citroën’s claim of 61.4 mpg.
We found the Diesel 1.6 HDi 90bhp VTR+ for £11,995 at JustClick4Cars. That’s a £3,400 saving on the list price.
If you’d rather opt for the top-spec Exclusive model with larger 115bhp engine, then Nationwide Cars is selling the 1.6 HDi 115bhp Exclusive for £13,466 – a £4,336 discount.
22% off a C3 Picasso Petrol
Despite the diesel making more sense, the 1.6 VTi 120bhp petrol engine has outstanding performance. It’s a smooth unit at low revs, but becomes quite loud above 3000rpm.
At £12,738, Discounted New Cars is offering a 22% discount on the Petrol 1.6 VTi 16V Exclusive, saving you £3,687 on the list price.
Hot Car Deals:
- Citroën C3 Picasso Diesel 1.6 HDi 90bhp VTR+ – £11,995 at JustClick4Cars
- Citroën C3 Picasso Diesel 1.6 HDi 115bhp Exclusive – £13,466 at Nationwide Cars
- Citroën C3 Picasso Petrol 1.6 VTi 16V Exclusive – £12,738 at Discounted New Cars
Hot Car Deal hunters please note:
- The car brokers and deals featured are not vetted, endorsed or recommended by Which?. Always check the specifics of the deal so you know exactly what you are getting and who is supplying the car.Make sure all aspects of the deal are confirmed in writing before committing to buy.
- Not all brokers deal in UK sourced vehicles, and this may have an impact on standard equipment and warranty levels.
- The term ‘pre-reg’ or ‘pre-registered’ refers to vehicles that are brand new but already registered with the DVLA. This means that you will appear as the second owner on the V5 registration document.
- Beware of unscrupulous brokers who tell you they will have to retain the V5 registration document for a period of time after your purchase of the car. Vehicles sold this way may be cheap, but there are legal implications, including the risk that you the buyer could be committing a criminal offence when you drive the car, so they should be avoided.