The Complete Buying Guide for the Citroen Picasso

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The Complete Buying Guide for the Citroen Picasso

The first Citroen rolled off the assembly line in 1919, making it the first mass produced car not made in the United States. The company continued to be an industry leader, producing the first all-steel chassis automobiles in Europe in 1924, followed by the first front-wheel drive car to be mass produced in 1934. The first hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension followed in 1954, and 1967 saw the introduction of swivelling headlights. The current crop of Citroens includes several variants on the bestselling C3 and C4 Picassos, the company's respective supermini and MPV offerings.

These stylish, fuel-efficient cars are available in diesel and petrol versions with either automatic or manual gearbox options. While many new and used Picassos can be found at brick-and-mortar dealerships and through private sellers, an even wider variety of these cars can be found in the continually refreshed listings on eBay.

Fuel Economy and Type

The Citroen Picasso line of automobiles is available in petrol and diesel versions, and each fuel type is supported by several motor sizes and variants. Major factors in choosing a fuel type are the consumer's preference in fuel economy and the fuel's availability.

C3 Petrol

The C3 Picasso 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol versions see fuel consumption in the low to mid-40s in terms of miles per gallon. The urban fuel economy of the C3 averages 14 km/litre; on the motorway, the mileage improves to 23 km/litre. The combined fuel economy on the C3 petrol Picasso is about 18.7 km/litre, with a 50-litre tank range of 780 km. The 1.6-litre C3 Picasso has a four-cylinder, 1,598cc motor that offers urban mileage of 12.7 km/litre and extra urban mileage of 21.6 km/litre, for a combined 17 km/litre. The range of the 1.6-litre C3 is 724 km on 50 litres of petrol.

C3 Diesel

The C3 1.6-litre diesel is a good balance of power and fuel economy, with enough torque and acceleration to handle the demands of the motorway and a car full of people and their bags. The four-cylinder, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre versions of the diesel C3 Picasso offer considerably better mileage than the petrol versions. The two diesel versions offer fuel economy that ranges from 18.7 km/litre in town to a long-legged 29 km/litre; the combined mileage is a miserly 24 km/litre. On a 50-litre tank of fuel, the C3 diesel models yield a range of about 1,020 km.

C4 Diesel

The Citroen C4 Picasso is the successor to the Xsara Picasso, a popular model. The diesel-powered C4 Picasso models outnumber the petrol versions, with eight diesel variants to four petrol models. The 1.6-litre diesel Picassos offer urban fuel economy that ranges from 18.7 km/litre to 22.5 km/litre; the extra urban mileage ranges from 24.6 km/litre to 26 km/litre. The combined fuel economy ratings for this class of the Picasso ranges from 22.5 km/litre to 24.2 km/litre. A full tank of diesel offers a range of 1,131 km to 1,223 km. The larger 2.0-litre C4 Picasso takes a bit of a fuel efficiency penalty, with an urban rating of 17.4 km/litre, an extra urban rating of 26 km/litre, and a combined efficiency rating of 22.1 km/litre. One 60-litre tank of fuel yields a range of 1,110 km.

C4 Petrol

The four petrol versions of the C4 Picasso offer consistent fuel efficiency numbers. The urban mileage is 12.8 km/litre, the extra urban efficiency is about 22 km/litre, and the combined fuel efficiency is 17 km/litre. The petrol C4 Picassos yield a range between 858 km to 869 on a 60-litre tank of petrol.

Engine Size and Gearbox Type

The diesel and petrol versions of the C3 are available in automatic and manual gearbox options. The manual gearbox C3 offers better fuel efficiency than the automatic gearbox. However, the manual C3 is also a bit more of a challenge to drive than the automatic Picasso, especially on hills and in heavy traffic. Additionally, the automatic transmission system is more costly and labour intensive to maintain and repair than the manual gearbox option. The diesel-powered Picassos offer more power and torque than the petrol-fuelled versions for better acceleration and responsiveness.

C3 Picasso

Citroen offers the C3 Picasso models in both diesel and petrol fuel options. The 1,397cc, 1.4-litre petrol version is especially challenged on the motorways, particularly with a full load of passengers. With a four-cylinder motor, these front-wheel drive mini-MPVs have a top speed of 179 kph, although this automobile is typically not driven at autobahn speeds. The petrol version of the C3 Picasso is best suited to quick, short trips around town. With a four-cylinder, 1,598cc motor, the 1.6-litre C3 Picasso has a bit more power and acceleration and 120 brake horsepower. The top speed of the four-cylinder C3 diesel is 118 kph with a brake horsepower range of 70 to 110 and an engine displacement of 1,560cc.

C4 Picasso

The C4 Picasso is available in manual and automatic options. The 1.6-litre petrol C4 Picasso has a brake horsepower rating range of 120 bhp to 150 bhp. In the diesel series, the five-seat, 2.0-litre C4 Picasso offers considerably more power than the 1.6-litre C4 Picasso. The 1.6-litre diesel version offers 110 brake horsepower, and the 2.0-litre version offers a robust 150 brake horsepower. In addition, the diesel versions offer more torque than the petrol models.

Exterior and Body Type

The Citroen C3 Picasso is a stylish supermini that is well suited for young drivers and families who desire a balance of simplicity, economy, and fun. While this cosy series of cars may not be bound for the autobahn, the Picasso is a fuel-efficient alternative that combines aerodynamic compound curves with body-coloured bumpers, high-intensity headlamps, and modest room in the boot. All versions of the Picasso offer five doors: four for the passengers and a fifth door in the back to access the boot. The C3 offers three trim options: Exclusive, VTR, and VTR+.

The C4 Picasso is a slightly larger MPV with more elegant styling and a roomier cabin. Exterior options include high-intensity headlamps, rear spoilers, body-coloured bumpers, contoured door handles, and alloy wheels. The fit and finish of the Picasso series exterior quality is quite good for an economy car. The C4 also offers the Exclusive, VTR, and VTR+ trim options.

Interior

When purchasing a Citroen Picasso, interior options, such as seating and storage, instrumentation, and entertainment, are all important factors to consider. The Citroen Picasso offers a wide range of options to choose from, depending on what the buyer wants.

Seating and Storage

The supermini C3 seats four passengers, but if the passengers are all large, it may not be terribly comfortable. All the seats, including the front passenger seat, fold flat with ease. The boot storage measures 385 litres when the seats are positioned up in passenger configuration. With the seats down in storage configuration, there is a generous capacity of 1,506 litres.

The C4 Picasso is better suited for larger passengers and can seat more of them. The C4 offers a more expansive five-seat or seven-seat option. The Picasso series features a practical, versatile interior that allows the owner to easily convert the configuration by sliding and folding the seats flat with a single lever. The fully loaded C4 even offers a front seat massage feature to enhance comfort and alertness. The C4 features numerous storage areas that are cleverly tucked into every available space. With 500 litres of space, the boot is surprisingly roomy for the size of the car, and the sunroof is expansive and practical. The car also offers several storage bins and pockets to keep the inevitable accumulation of items contained and controlled.

Instrumentation and Entertainment

The C3 and C4 models offer a wide range of instrumentation options, including analogue engine and operational gauges and their digital LCD counterparts. The interior plastics are hard and not touch-friendly, but they can withstand punishment from small children over the years. The interior switches in both models are well made and firmly installed. The interior controls are well damped with less play and rattle in the controls. Depending on the model chosen, the C3 and C4 Picassos generally offer AM/FM stereo and a CD player for entertainment options.

Safety Features and Options

The C3 and C4 Picassos are both engineered for safety and crashworthiness. In fact, the C4 Picasso received a five-star safety rating in the Euro NCAP test. The major safety features of the Picassos include anti-theft alarm, anti-lock brakes, driver and side airbags, rear seat belts, and safety belt pre-tensioners. Depending on the trim package, other safety options available in the C3 and C4 Picassos include central door locking, power-assisted steering, heated door mirrors, cruise control, speed limiter, anti-pinch electric windows, and automatic door and boot locking.

Comfort Features and Options

The suspension of the C3 is workmanlike, with decent handling and passable comfort for the size of the car. The gearbox has a bit of play in it, and the brake and accelerator could be positioned more ergonomically. Overall, the handling is satisfactory. The smaller version of the Picasso offers a nice ride on 16-inch wheels, and the 17-inch option yields a firmer ride that is still tolerable. The interior cabin is fairly roomy with plenty of headroom.

The C4 makes any long trip comfortable, with air conditioning in the front and the rear of the car's interior. The suspension is adequate but not plush, and passengers can feel the ride over rough tarmac. The car grips the road well, and the handling is good. The car is surprisingly roomy, and the air suspension in the rear of the chassis keeps the passengers in good spirits by smoothing out the bumps. The windscreen is immense and offers a spacious view of the road ahead. The side windows extend behind the driver's field of vision and to the rear of the vehicle, offering a panoramic view of traffic conditions.

Depending on the trim package chosen, the C3 and C4 Picasso's offer options like tilt steering wheel, massaging front seats, height-adjustable driver's seat, leather steering wheel, fold-out tables and cupholders in rear seats, and door pockets with bottle holders. Exterior options include alloy wheels, front fog lights, height-adjustable headlamps, roof rails, and rear courtesy lights.

Specs of the Citroen Picasso

Citroen offers numerous variants of the C3 and C4 Picassos in regards to engine size, fuel type, and power options. Typical of the mini-MPV genre, all Picasso models have front-wheel drive and five doors. Additionally, the consumer can choose from automatic and manual gearbox types as well as an extensive selection of interior and exterior options.

Model

Trim Options

Motor Type

Motor Size

Km/Litre
(Combined)

Fuel Capacity (Litres)

C3 Picasso 1.4 Petrol

95 Exclusive

95 VTR

95 VTR+

4 cyl

1,397cc

18.7

17.8

18.7

50

C3 Picasso 1.6 HDi 90 Diesel

Exclusive

VTR

VTR+

4 cyl

1,560cc

26

50

C3 Picasso 1.6 HDi 110 Diesel

Exclusive

4 cyl

1,560cc

24

50

C3 Picasso 1.6 120 Petrol

Exclusive

VTR+

4 cyl

1,598cc

17

50

C4 Picasso 1.6 e-HDi 110 Diesel

Airdream Platinum Grand

Airdream Edition Grand

Airdream Platinum

Airdream Edition

4 cyl

1,560cc

23.4

24

23.8

61

60

C4 Picasso 1.6 HDi 110 Diesel

Platinum Grand

Grand

4 cyl

1,560cc

53

54

60

C4 Picasso 1.6 VTi 120 Petrol

Platinum Grand

Edition Grand

Platinum

Edition

4 cyl

1,598cc

40

60

C4 Picasso 2.0 HDi 150 Diesel

Platinum Grand

Platinum

4 cyl

1,997cc

52

60

The brake horsepower, torque, top speed, and other performance specs vary depending on the engine displacement, gearbox type, and other model options. Other performance specs include the time to accelerate to 100 kph from a stop.

How to Buy a Citroen Picasso on eBay

Once you have completed your research on the model of Citroen Picasso you would like to buy, start your search from any eBay page. Simply enter the relevant information, such as 'Citroen C4', into the search box. You may further narrow your search by selecting the colour, transmission type, fuel type, model year, condition, or vehicle mileage.

If you prefer to search for a car near your home, you may enter your postcode and enter a certain distance to find sellers within that area. This option is convenient for those who want to bring a mechanically minded friend or professional along to inspect the car prior to committing to the purchase and for those who do not want to pay to have a car shipped. It is a good idea to research each seller by reviewing the buyer feedback and the sales history and policies. You may further refine your search by selecting only eBay top-rated sellers to increase your confidence in the seller during the transaction.

Conclusion

Citroen C3 and C4 Picassos are a fuel-efficient and enjoyable way to travel around town or on the motorway for a long holiday. While these supermini and MPV models are cosy compared to larger vehicles, Citroen made use of every bit of the car's interior by including a spacious boot and storage features that keep the driver's and passenger's' belongings out of the way. The huge windscreen also offers a panoramic view for the driver and passengers. An extensive selection of features make the stylish Picasso a reliable, comfortable, and safe vehicle for families, commuters, and young drivers.

Consumers can find a huge selection of Citroen Picassos by browsing the continually updated listings on eBay, or they can opt to shop locally at new and used automobile dealerships or by searching classified ads to find private sellers. For the budget-minded buyer, many used Picassos are available in addition to new models. With just a little effort, consumers can find Citroen Picassos efficiently and with ease.

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