Family means a family car. I found out when my daughter arrived last year, followed by a Citroen C3 Picasso. But who’s to say the family has disagreements, or at least disagreements, because 11-month-old Isla still can’t talk? Citron is one of them.
Since installing the new forward-facing Maxi-Cosi Axiss seats, the Island has loved watching the clouds and sky, as well as the optional £535 panoramic sunroof. I’m not a big fan, though, because the setup leaves the cabin too exposed for me. Also, his flimsy sleeve often falls off the slide. However, any attempt to turn off the natural light is met with the kind of complaints that would prevent any self-respecting parent from doing it their way.
Citroen c3 Panoramic windscreen and Interior
Despite the differences in the roof, there are plenty of other nifty and familiar features that proved their worth during the nine months we spent with the car. From the endless compartments to the folding tables for the front seatbacks and the standard rear sun visors, the Citron is a well-equipped car.
Its versatility is also impressive. When the child seat is not in place, the rear seats fold easily to create a generous 1,506 litres of cargo space. I’ve used it to transport tables, garden swings, and barbecues, and when the C3 Picasso returns to Citron later this month, it’s its endurance that I’ll miss most.
Driving it is like having a family car and a van at the same time, which is a blessing considering I spend a lot of time cleaning our new home. The engine has also been improved. The 1.6-litre diesel is no high-tech flagship, but fuel economy of 48.6 mpg is adequate and offers acceptable speed on long journeys. The Citron doesn’t offer a lot of fun behind the wheel (there’s a lot of lean in the corners), but those who want a bit of drive can look elsewhere. You do not like it? While I admit this style is personal, I’ve never been happy with the design, which is strange because it has some really cool features. The alloys look great, the interior has a nice touch of metal detailing, and the Belle Ile Blue paint job is eye-catching.
But at least in my opinion, as the South American-only AirCross C3 (Version 1110) proves, no matter what design you add to a Citron, the basic shape makes it feel awkward. I guess that’s the price you pay for convenience. I also wish there was more room in the trunk to store baby items when the rear seats are up.
Overall, the C3 Picasso has proven to be a useful addition to our fleet—a first for father and daughter!
“The Citron’s look has proven controversial. Although Graham is not a fan, I love the bold lines and bold details that inject style into the ultra-compact MPV realm. The price of practicality and versatility” .