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Citroen C3 Picasso Code arrives in UK

Citroën C3 Picasso Code

Citroen introduced at the beginning of this year a special edition of the C3 Picasso model which is available under the “Code” name. Essentially, we are dealing with the successor of the Blackcherry special edition and it is based on the HDi 90 manual VTR+ model.

It comes with additional chrome, a roof rack and obsidian black bumpers, along with 17-inch alloy with cherry red or white polar accents. Inside the cabin it gets bespoke floor mats and packs Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and an air conditioning system.

The car is already on sale in the United Kingdom and has a starting price of 15,695 pounds (OTR).

Source: Citroen

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Citroen Recalls 20,000+ C3 Picasso Units In UK

Citroen C3 Picasso

The French automaker Citroen has issued a recall that concerns more than 20,000 C3 Picasso units that were sold in UK due to a rather strange, yet very funny reason: the brakes of the car can be activated by the passenger sitting in the front when pushing their feet in the footwell. This issue was discovered by Watchdog, a BBC TV show that was alerted about this problem from a cleaning company that owns three C3 Picassos.

That UK TV show has figured out the reason behind this problem and they said that a manufacturing error occurred during the right-hand drive assembly process of the units made for the United Kingdom market. Although the brake pedal is installed to the right, it still remains connected to a mechanism located on the left passenger side. This mechanism is apparently covered only by a very thin piece of felt, making it very easy to activate from the passenger side.

Watchdog did some further testing with other two Citroen C3 Picassos that were on sale at the company’s dealerships in the United Kingdom and they discovered that both units had the exact same problem.

Citroen replied that they didn’t receive any reports regarding this issue before, but they will issue a recall action to take care of the problem on those 20,000+ units.

Source: Citroen, Carscoop

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Test drive with the new Citroen C3 Picasso

Drive Test Citroen C3 Picasso

After we tested the new C3, we got our hands on its funkier brother, the Citroen C3 Picasso, which we tried on a beautiful weekend. The first time I saw the car was a year and a half ago, at the Paris Motor Show. That’s also the spot where one of its rivals, the Kia Soul, made its debut. The two cars didn’t really blow me away as I wasn’t interested in their compact MPV segment. But after trying out the C3 Picasso, I saw that I was hugely mistaken. Curious to see why? Then read on.

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Citroen C3 Picasso

Drive Test Citroen C3 Picasso

After we tested the new C3, we got our hands on its funkier brother, the Citroen C3 Picasso, which we tried on a beautiful weekend. The first time I saw the car was a year and a half ago, at the Paris Motor Show. That’s also the spot where one of its rivals, the Kia Soul, made its debut. The two cars didn’t really blow me away as I wasn’t interested in their compact MPV segment. But after trying out the C3 Picasso, I saw that I was hugely mistaken. Curious to see why? Then read on.


The opinions in terms of style are pretty split. Me, alongside Bobby or Andra loved the funky design, while others said it was pretty ugly. It’s no Aston Martin, but it’s not that bad either.

Drive Test Citroen C3 Picasso

Although taken separately, elements like the compact body, the massive nose, the large headlights or the interesting rear (this sparked the most controversy) might seem awkward, as a whole they look extremely good. Throw in the same superb combo of Bleu Belle Ille paint and 17-inch Clover alloy-wheels, and you’ve got one stylish little getaway car.


Citroen usually throws everything plus the kitchen sink on their test cars, and the C3 Picasso made no exception. It had a leather-wrapped steering wheel, with white stitching and the same metallic ornament below, just like on the new C3. The seats were brilliant, as was the upholstery, called ‘New Reps’, essentially a combination between leather, suede (or something like that) plus textile material. I usually don’t like leather, especially on the seats as they can be a horror show in the hot summer months, but the arrangement on the C3 Picasso, with leather and suede on the margins and textile fabric everywhere else, was great.

Drive Test Citroen C3 Picasso

The interior configuration is clearly taken from the ancestor of the MPV, the van. The center console doesn’t extend between the front seats, you don’t have a lot of buttons and the seats are quite high. Still, the whole arrangement is pretty ergonomic, including the Cruise Control or the audio controls behind the wheel (just like on the C3). The main display is right in the center of the dash, but is much better aligned than other models. Data like the speed or the cruise control are oriented towards the driver side, making it that much simpler to take a quick look. The mirrors are also top notch. The side ones are pretty big (not Dumbo big, mind you) but you can see practically everything around the car. The center mirror has a nifty little gimmick, with an extra smaller mirror popping below, allowing for a much better surveillance of the back seat passengers (kids or otherwise). If it gets too annoying, you can quickly hide it, but it never hurts to check out what people are doing behind you back. Speaking of visibility, the car is filled with light. A friend pointed out that it’s practically made out of glass. Including the panoramic roof, the car has 11 windows, so a great visibility is ensured.

Drive Test Citroen C3 Picasso

The C3 Picasso, in the end, is a MPV (multi-purpose vehicle), so it needs to haul quite a lot of baggage. You’ll be pleased to hear that its trunk has a capacity of 1,506 liters, not enough for hauling furniture but plenty to hold the luggage of a big family. The back seat is also foldable, in two parts, and you even have a hole that allows for skies or fishing rods to be hauled.

On the road

Our Citroen C3 Picasso had a 1.6-liter diesel engine, with 110 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque. 0 to 62 mph time is around 12,4 seconds and the top speed is 114 mph (it actually is). As you can guess, speed or acceleration aren’t the car’s strong points. In terms of fuel average though, it’s a whole other story. The C3 Picasso is quite possibly the first car which averaged pretty close to its official numbers, getting around 33.6 mpg US (the official is 36 mph), in the city. On the road, I couldn’t even get near the 56 mpg number Citroen claimed, as the consumption was around 32 mpg, when doing 60 or 80 mph. If you want even more speed, then the average will turn to 27 mpg.

Drive Test Citroen C3 Picasso

The car is pretty agile, really sticking to the road (which is a bit weird, given its tall nature), and the suspension is quite comfy. We took it on a few country roads and the experience was pretty nice, albeit with too much side-to-side movement on big holes. For the eco-conscious of you, the C3 Picasso has the AirDream label, meaning it emits just 133 g/km of CO2. While you’ll be saving baby seals driving the Citroen, you won’t be saving the bugs on the highway, as you can see from the front-end photos.


In case you didn’t take the subtle hints, the Citroen C3 Picasso was a great car, even though I would’ve liked a bit more power. At €14,950 ($18,985) with taxes (the base price is €17,450 ($22,100) but Citroen offers massive discounts to the Picasso range), it’s one the few test cars that made me seriously consider buying it. Yeah, you get cars with more power, better economy or with more options, but I really liked the C3 Picasso. Adequate power, great fuel average, lots of space, comfy suspension and a design that makes you stand out … it’s how McDonald’s say, I’m loving it! (or shall we say Je L’Aime!).

We liked:
- the outside looks (wheels, color, accessories)
- inside, there’s a lot of space and light;
- seats;
- behavior on the road.

We didn’t like:
- not very sporty;
- fuel consumption a little too high for the not-so-powerful engine.

Citroen C3 Picasso technical specifications:
Weight: 3,104 pounds (1,408 kg)
Engine: 1.6-liter diesel, four-cylinder in-line engine, max power output of 80 kW (110 HP) at 4,000 rpm and 240 Nm max torque at 1,750 rpm.
Performance: 0-100 km/h in 12.4 seconds and top speed of 183 km/h
Fuel consumption (city/highway/combined, official figures): 6,5/4,2/5,0 (liters per 100 km) or 43.4/67.2/56.4 (UK mpg)

As always, big thanks to Laura Antonov and Paula Olteanu from Citroen Romania for all their help!

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Citroen C3 Picasso and C4 get eco airdream+ versions

Citroen is seemingly fixated with a new “air” denomination, as after it revealed yesterday, in Brazil, the AirCross model, it has now presented two eco-friendly versions of the C3 Picasso MPV and the C4, dubbed airdream+.

As you can imagine, the two new models are focused on increasing fuel averages, by using the new entry-level HDi diesel units, and decreasing CO2 emissions, by using tweaked transmissions. The C3 Picasso will use a five-speed manual, which will have a gearshift indicator to swap gears at the optimum time, while the C4 will get an automatic gearbox.

This translates in a CO2 emission rating of 99 g/km for the family-friendly C3 Picasso, while the C4, in the airdream+ version, will output just 119 g/km of CO2.

Besides these changes, options like parking sensors, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, power windows all around and mirrors, as well as automatic A/C, will also be included in the airdream+ versions.


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Citroen debuts C3 Picasso-based AirCross in Brazil

Citroen isn’t forgetting about its presence in Brazil, and has just revealed the first pictures of a new AirCross model using Twitter.

As you can see, the new model is basically a more off-road-ready variant of the current C3 Picasso MPV. It has received a design overhaul, with plenty of “rugged” plastics being added to the exterior. Also, it can join the big SUV club by having a spare tire mounted on the outside of the vehicle.

Set to debut later this year in Brazil, the Citroen AirCross will have ride on higher suspension and boast increased length, largely due to the rear-mounted tire. It is expected to have a single engine, either a 1.6-liter or a 2.0-liter unit, both flex-fuel capable, as is the norm in Brazil.

Given the fact that the Volkswagen group is also pushing these sorts of plastic-cladded models in Europe, it’s possible that Citroen will bring the AirCross over the Atlantic later this year. Until then, Brazilians should get ready for the official premiere of the vehicle.


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RPMGO test drives update

It looks like the summer is one of the most crowded seasons with test drives, because we had and will have the chance to have a lot of fun in all kind of cars. So here’s what we did and will do soon:

- We have really, really great news, because we reached an important milestone in our history: our first long-term test. We’re really excited about this and I’ll tell you more details next week.

- I didn’t have any spare time recently, but soon I’ll post the full impressions about the Mercedes E Coupe I drove about two months ago;

- Three weeks ago we drove the facelifted BMW 320d xDrive Touring. Good car, for what it’s suppose to do, but not that fun;

- This weekend I drove the facelifted BMW 330d xDrive (pictured above) and I took it for a ride to the mountains and oh boy, it was really, really fun;

- Next week, we’re gonna drive the new MINI Cooper S Cabrio for a few days and even though I haven’t been the biggest MINI fan, I’m really expecting a thrilling experience;

- At the special Citroen event we attended two weeks ago, we took the new Citroen C3 Picasso for a short spin and soon we’ll take it for a few days and see what it can do;

- We’re also currently talking with the guys from Jaguar and soon we might take the XF for a test drive. I’m really excited about this, because, as I said it a lot in the past, it’s one of my favorite brands and I hope the car won’t dissapoint me.

We also have some other things planned, but so far nothing’s sure, so I’ll let you know once everything’s settled.


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2008 Paris Special: The new Citroen C3 Picasso

Beside the GTbyCitroen and the Hypnos, the new Citroen C3 Picasso was another of the French carmaker’s premieres for Paris. The small MPV, which looks a little like the Kia Soul, with its cube-like body shape, offers plenty of interior space and it will be offered with a range of four petrol and diesel engines that develop between 90 and 120 hp. The car will make its UK debut next year and you can read more about it in our previous post and in the official press release. And here are the photos we took in Paris. Enjoy!

Photo Gallery: Citroen C3 Picasso at the Paris Motor Show

Photo Gallery: Citroen C3 Picasso


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Citroen C3 Picasso to debut in Paris

Citroen has announced that the latest addition to their range, the Citroen C3 Picasso will make its debut next month, at the Paris Motor Show. The small MPV, the third member of the Picasso family, after the Xsara and the C4 Picasso, is 4.08 meters long, 1.73 m wide and 1.62 m tall, and features a cube-like body shape, with short front end and vertical rear. The interior space is optimized through Citroen’s modular design, with split-folding rear seats that slide back and forth independently, while the flat load surface extends right up to the front seatbacks and can be extended by folding the back of the front passenger seat.

Under the hood, the Citroen C3 Picasso will be available with four engine, two petrol and two diesels. The VTi petrol units, developed in cooperation with BMW, develop 95 and 120 hp (the latter complying with futre Euro 5 pollution standards), while the two diesel units, a 90 hp HDi and a 110 HDi DPFS achieve CO2 emissions of 125g/km and 130g/km respectively.

After its Paris debut, the C3 Picasso also has an UK launch scheduled for next year. Read more about the car in the official press release.

More photos after the jump. (more…)

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