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What is it like to drive?

Without springing any major surprises, the C3 Picasso doesn’t adhere to the natural assumption you’ll make as soon as you see it – that it handles like it’s sitting on unbridled springs. In fact, it’s largely rather settled, mitigating potholes so that they don’t amplify into the cabin. It has a sloppy gearbox and a poor driving position, with Citroen’s characteristic cramped pedals and the steering wheel at a bus angle, but for most they’ll be no big deal.

The fact visibility is good because there’s loads of glass and that the seat is positioned high will be of more importance to its target audience. As part of the C3 family, it doesn’t get any engines of significant poke, although the now rationalised petrol range has been improved by replacing the old motors with a new 1.2-litre turbo triple. Even so, the 1.6-litre diesel is far more suited because it has more torque - a useful 187lb ft, but you could have guessed that. It's certainly worth forking out the extra for, trust us - and you'll probably save some of it on fuel bills anyway. 

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