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The New Citroen C3 Picasso


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I am looking into the possiblity of using the new Citroen C3Picasso to tow a Lunar Ariva van. Reason, l'm limited in width around the side of my house.

 

The spec for the Ariva is:

 

Mass in running order = 805 kg

Paylod = 165 kg

MTPLM = 970 kg

 

For the C3 Picasso:

 

Kerb weight = 1408 kg

Nose weight = 54 kg

Engine = 1. 6 HDi 16V 110 hp

 

Apart from the low noseweight it all looks OK to me but I would like to know what others think.

 

Gordie.

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Your weight ratio is ok at 69% You'll just have to load the 'van carefully so you don't exceed the cars maximum noseweight limit.

 

 

I am looking into the possiblity of using the new Citroen C3Picasso to tow a Lunar Ariva van. Reason, l'm limited in width around the side of my house.

 

The spec for the Ariva is:

 

Mass in running order = 805 kg

Paylod = 165 kg

MTPLM = 970 kg

 

For the C3 Picasso:

 

Kerb weight = 1408 kg

Nose weight = 54 kg

Engine = 1. 6 HDi 16V 110 hp

 

Apart from the low noseweight it all looks OK to me but I would like to know what others think.

 

Gordie.

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I am looking into the possiblity of using the new Citroen C3Picasso to tow a Lunar Ariva van. Reason, l'm limited in width around the side of my house.

 

The spec for the Ariva is:

 

Mass in running order = 805 kg

Paylod = 165 kg

MTPLM = 970 kg

 

For the C3 Picasso:

 

Kerb weight = 1408 kg

Nose weight = 54 kg

Engine = 1. 6 HDi 16V 110 hp

 

Apart from the low noseweight it all looks OK to me but I would like to know what others think.

 

Gordie.

 

Hi Gordie,

As Clunk has said, the noseweight is a bit low. Ours is 60kg and I manage to reach that quite easily so there may not be a problem but I would want to know what the noseweight of the caravan is unladen as I believe this will give a good indication as to whether the 54kg is achievable without loading everything to the back of the 'van.

I found that the noseweight of our unladen 'van was 65kg so I was confident that I would be OK though if it hat been 85kg I may well have needed a rethink,

Regards,

Ian.

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Hi Gordie, May Issue of Practical Caravan (out this week) has a tow car review for the C3 Picasso rated 4 out of 5, and does say noseweight is disappointing, but that other small MPV are no better in this regard.

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When most caravans were under 1000kg MTPLM, known as gross weight in those days, most cars had 50/60kg noseweight limits so that shouldn't be an issue as such - with an end kitchen you might need to move things around to get up to 54kg.

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Thanks everyone for your replies. I feel a little better now because I note that the new Citroen Berlingo (also 1. 6HDi 110 hp) won the Caravan Club Towcar of the year for 2009 in the 16k£ - 20k£ group. The Berlingo has a max noseweight limit of only 55 kg and from the photo it was towing a Baily Ranger.

 

Gordie

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