It’s been a fantastic week for Citroën, as its family-friendly C3 Picasso PureTech 110 manual Edition was recognised at the 2016 What Car? Car of the Year Awards earlier this evening, achieving the accolade of ‘MPV Best Buy for less than £16,000’.
In addition to the C3 Picasso’s design, versatility, and low-running costs, the judges were impressed with the choice of engines, singling out the 1.2 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol as their top choice.
Speaking on behalf of the What Car? judging panel, Haymarket Automotive’s Editorial Director, Jim Holder, said:
“The C3 Picasso might be small, but it’s an eminently practical car. You sit quite high up, the visibility is excellent all-round, the boot is big and square-shaped, and the interior feels airy and spacious; the rear seats are split 60/40 and slide forwards and backwards for added interior versatility.” Jim continued; “[The] doors open wide and have broad apertures, so access is great if you’ve got child seats to reach in for.
“It does a fine job in the C3 Picasso, delivering nippy responses around town, and coping well on the motorway. It achieved nearly 50mpg in our real-world economy tests, too. Ultimately, the C3 Picasso may be all the MPV smaller families could ever need.”
Also discussing the award, Chris Cheetham, Citroën’s Marketing Director in the UK, said:
“It is always an honour to receive such prestigious recognition for one of our cars, but it is especially gratifying when that award recognises the car for exactly what it was designed to be. The C3 Picasso is made with family life and family journeys in mind, so to win this accolade and hear those comments from the expert judges is very pleasing indeed.”
Looking at the Citroën C3 Picasso, you’d be forgiven for wondering if a small MPV with a 1.2-litre petrol engine could really be a practical family car. Well, it is, especially for smaller households.
In fact, that little engine is actually a real plus point. It offers great performance around town and doesn’t feel overworked on motorway journeys, with plenty of low-rev pull for easy progress.
But it’s not just what’s under the bonnet that impresses - the C3 Picasso is comfortable, too. Its ride is soft and the driving position is excellent; you sit quite high up, so get a clear view of the road ahead, helped by the wraparound windscreen and thin pillars.
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