Cubic for the family
The C3 Picasso should bring a breath of fresh air to the minivan class
Novelty: Cubic for the family
Fresh wind into the class of the mini vans now brings Citroen with the new C3 Picasso.
The French produced in Slovakia combines the maneuverability of a small car with excellent interior use and independent design. From the beginning of March it will be with the German dealers at prices from 14,900 euros.
Vans of all sizes are considered the "ugly duckling" of the automotive industry: designed to be undemanding, most copies exude utility value and practicality – and the charm of a van. Since Citroen has taken care of the name rights at the Picasso family, the French have been working on softening the image of the large -scale sedans as pure everyday objects. The youngest prank is the C3 Picasso, whose cubic, rather simple basic form is broken up by playful design elements. With details such as the beveled front section, the unusual headlight graphics and the arrangement of the rear lights, the five -door man creates the balancing act between the load and lifestyle. Nothing is given away by a gently sloping roof line, even the passengers are happy about stately leg and headroom. And not only in the space available, but also in the case of the trunk volume, the 4.08 meter long and 1.62 meter high Picasso with 500 liters of storage space exceeds the values of the closest group of competitors, which include models such as Nissan Note, Opel Meriva or Renault Grand mode.
Even on questions of variability, the C3 Picasso is in no way inferior to the aged flexibility pioneer Opel Meriva. The rear seats can be moved in length by 15 centimeters in order to increase freedom of movement on the rear seats or the capacity of the luggage compartment as required. In addition, they can be folded asymmetrically from the trunk with one handle. The trunk floor is adjustable at two heights. In the higher position, it ends flush with the loading edge and thus makes it easier to remove heavy objects. There is also an optional foldable passenger seat and a ski lap in the backrest of the rear seats.
The body lying design also contributes to an excellent feeling of space. Even without the optional panoramic glass roof, light flows through the large window areas into the interior and creates a feeling of freedom that is rarely found in a car that is just four meters long. Especially the slim A-pillars, the large, steep rear window and the low window line are responsible for this. According to the manufacturer, four and a half square meters of glass surface come together in this way. Because there was also a lot of effort in the noise insulation, you travel airy and quietly at the same time.
The driver’s workplace leaves a ambiguous impression. The steering wheel is adjustable as standard as standard, and the gear lever is also well at hand. However, as with all vans of the manufacturer, the ads for speed and speed are enthroned in the middle of the dashboard and are therefore outside the driver’s natural field of vision; This arrangement is one of the less lovable and absolutely dispensable peculiarity of the Frenchman. The controls for the climate and radio, on the other hand, are positioned relatively deep below. Ergonomically, there is definitely improvement potential here.
This also applies to the engine range. At the start, Citroen offers two petrol engines with 70 kW/95 hp and 88 kW/120 hp and a diesel with 80 kW/109 hp; A Euro 5-capable diesel with 66 kW/90 hp only follows in 2010. Because the basic price of 20,000 euros in the only diesel diesel is already deterred, the grip to the Ottomotor appears as a more sensible choice. Both petrol engines come from cooperation with BMW, but the 120-hps engine already seems limp and sometimes overwhelmed with the task of getting the almost 1.4 tons of mini van going. 6.9 liters of average consumption and a CO2 emissions of 159 g/km are not outstanding values, and improvement is only in sight in 2011 when Citroen delivers a new automatic start-stop. The comparatively comfortable chassis, which willingly gives in the tendency to the high body structure, and the somewhat indifferent design of the steering contribute to the fact that the drive and driving behavior in contrast to the interior concept do not belong to the strengths of the C3 Picasso.
For the basic version, Citroen demands 14,900 euros. A self-confident announcement in difficult times, especially since the security package includes ESP and the usual airbag protection, but are only indispensable comforting extras such as air conditioning and CD radio from the next higher equipment "Tendance" for at least 17,000 euros on board. Light metal rims cost extra even even in the top equipment "Exclusive". Nevertheless, at least 5,000 units of the new spatial miracle in Germany are placed in Germany; When the caron junction jumps off, it is also welcome to be more.
Plus: Excellent space and high variability, good all -round view
Minus: limited range of engines, initially no fuel savings technology, unfavorable instruments
Technical data Citroen C3 Picasso:
1.4-liter petrol engine, 70 kW/95 hp, Max. Torque 136 Nm at 4,000 rpm, 0-100 km/h 13.9 sec., Top speed 178 km/h, consumption 6.8 l/100 km, CO2 emissions 157 g/km, price from 14,900 euros;
1.6-liter petrol engine, 88 kW/120 hp, 160 Nm at 4 250 rpm, 11.7 sec., 188 km/h, 6.9 l/100 km, 159 g/km, from 18,000 euros;
1.6-liter diesel engine, 80 kW/109 hp, 245 Nm at 1,750 rpm, 12.4 sec., 183 km/h, 4.9 l/100, 130 g/km, from 20,000 euros. mid/mh
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