Citroen C3 Picasso 90 VTR+ 2012 review
Overall towcar rating
Unique styling - I think it looks great. Looks bigger than it is (it's basically a C3/Peugeot 207 with an MPV styled body.)
Relatively high driving position. Very practical for passengers or goods.
Unique styling - I sometimes feel a bit self conscious driving it.
No spare wheel or jack supplied - I bought a full sized alloy and tyre on ebay - wheel does fit in spare wheel well.
Would you recommend it?
How well does it tow?
Can tow 1250kg, but feels weedy pulling our less than 1100kg Swift Duette. Can only use 5th (top) on the flat or downhill. Struggles to hold 60mph on motorway gradients, even in 4th.
However, it is comfortable and spacious with good visibility for towing.
What's it like without the caravan?
No problems, reliable, powerful enough and economical. I do 44 miles to work and back each day, so daily economy has to be set against the few times a year when I tow the caravan.
Beware wind noise though, with the windows open.
Anything to look out for?
For towing, I'd go for the 110 bhp engine, rather than the 90 bhp. Look out for periodic offers at Citroen dealers, can be fantastic value for money.
The radio and interior lights cut out after 20 minutes without the engine running (economy mode it's called). To get them back on, you have to start the engine - I kid you not!
Is it easy to live with?
Apart from 'economy mode' and lack of interior storage.
Room for occupants is great for a small car, probably why the cubbies are so small. Back seats easiest to fold that I've ever had. Boot floor is level with bumper so easy to load heavy or large items.
Did you buy it new or used?
Where did you buy it?
What was the seller like?
Citroen South Manchester in Sale. Very efficient. Bought pre-registered in November 2012 with 1 mile on the clock for £10,400, list price was £16,000. This was available nationwide due to upcoming mild facelift.
Never dreamed I could get a medium sized, current production diesel for 10k!
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