Citroen C3 Picasso (2009–2017)

Model History

July 2008

Citroen announced first details of the C3 Picasso

Debut in October 2008 at the Paris Motor Show before UK launch in mid 2009. 4,080mm long, 1,730mm wide and 1,620mm tall.

Modular interior layout. Split-folding rear seats slide independently, offering legroom or loadspace. When extra storage space is required, the rear seats can be folded away in one motion using simple seatback mounted controls, whilst a mobile boot floor provides a level loading space up to the first row seat back. To benefit fully from the space in the car, the front passenger seat can also be folded completely flat to increase the load length and to create a table top,

Like the C4 Picasso, the C3 Picasso offers occupants a light and bright driving environment thanks largely to an innovative three-part windscreen that helps give the car one of the largest glazed areas in the segment. The high-seating position gives drivers optimum visibility, whilst the wraparound windows and a panoramic glass roof allow light to flood into the cabin.

The C3 Picasso arrived with a choice of engines that offer both good performance and economy, with two new-generation petrol units available – the VTi 95hp and VTi 120hp – as well as two diesels, the HDi 90hp and HDi 110bhp.

With the Picasso’s intuitive modular design, interior space is optimised quickly and simply. To increase either boot volume or rear legroom the split-folding rear seats slide back and forth independently and can also be folded away with one effortless hand movement. This function provides an entirely flat load surface which extends right up to the front seatbacks and can be further extended – to over 2.41m – by folding the back of the front passenger seat completely down.

Cabin length measures 1.66m – one of the longest in its class and a rival for a number of MPVs in the segment above. Knee room is plentiful even with the rear bench moved forward and by using slim seat backs and bases on the front seats, rear passengers are afforded even more space. Elbow room in the front and rear is 1.43m and 1.40m respectively, another best for the segment.

  • VT 1.4VTi 16V 95hp, 159g/km, £11,495
  • VT 1.6HDi 16V 92hp, 128g/km, £12,595
  • VTR+ 1.4VTi 16V 95hp, 157g/km, £12,595
  • VTR+ 1.6VTi 16V 120hp, 159g/km, £13,345
  • VTR+ 1.6HDi 16V 92hp, 125g/km, £13,695
  • EXCLUSIVE 1.4VTi 16V 95hp, 157g/km, £13,695
  • EXCLUSIVE 1.6VTi 16V 120hp, 159g/km, £14,445
  • EXCLUSIVE 1.6HDi 16V 92hp, 125g/km, £14,795
  • EXCLUSIVE 1.6HDi 16V 110hp, 132g/km, £15,595

03-11-2009: 1.6 HDi 16V 90PS diesel with lower emissions Engine has been re-homologated and, in VTR+ & Exclusive trim, now emits just 119g/km of CO2 (down from 125g). Consequently, both are now classified in VED band C - meaning an annual road tax reduction from £120 to just £35. These C3 Picassos also offer an extra 2.7mpg on the combined cycle, bringing the new figure to 62.8mpg.

Also on VTR+ and Exclusive - as part of a new option pack - an integrated Bluetooth® hands-free system has been introduced, so drivers can safely and easily keep in touch when they are on the move. This new option also includes a built-in USB Box and socket, which allows users to connect a portable MP3 player directly to the car’s audio system. Menu navigation and music selection is managed via the steering-mounted and dashboard radio controls, with song titles displayed on the radio screen.

March 2010

Citroen announced a new Airdream+ range

Introduction of environmentally sensitive and economically rewarding Airdream+ version of C3 Picasso. With combined cycle fuel economy of between 62.8mpg and 74.3mpg, and CO2 emissions from just 99g to 119g/km, the Airdream+ range delivers low running costs and free first year VED.

October 2010

Range updated with more equipment

The C3 Picasso gained updates including a new Euro 5 HDi 110 engine and 6-speed transmission, plus a Connecting Box (USB and Bluetooth connectivity) as standard specification on VTR+ and Exclusive trim levels. Citroën has also introduced a new limited edition - the C3 Picasso Blackcherry.

The C3 Picasso Blackcherry is based on the VTR+ model and is powered by a refined and efficient 1.6HDi 90hp engine. With smart cherry red and glossy black exterior and interior detailing, the model also benefits from a premium black metallic body colour, roof bars and dynamic 17” cherry red diamond-tipped alloy wheels. A generous level of standard equipment includes air conditioning, cruise control with speed limiter, Connecting Box (USB socket & Bluetooth system), electrically adjustable door mirrors and front electric windows.

With the introduction of Citroen’s new Euro 5 1.6HDi 110hp engine, the C3 Picasso reaffirmed its place as one of the most environmentally-conscious MPVs on the road today. A refined and efficient powerplant, fuel economy is just under 59mpg over a combined cycle with CO2 emissions down 5g/km on the Euro 4 unit to just 125g/km.


CO2 Emissions


Combined Cycle

Fuel Economy (mpg)

‘On The Road'
1.4 VTi 95hp VT 149 44.1 £12,695.00
1.6HDi 90hp VT 119 61.4 £13,795.00
1.4 VTi 95hp VTR+ 149 44.1 £13,795.00
1.6 VTi 120hp VTR+ 159 40.9 £14,545.00
1.6HDi 90hp VTR+ 119 61.4 £14,895.00
1.6HDi 90hp BLACKCHERRY 119 61.4 £15,195.00
1.4 VTi 95hp Exclusive 149 44.1 £14,895.00
1.6 VTi 120hp Exclusive 159 40.9 £15,645.00
1.6HDi 90hp Exclusive 119 61.4 £15,995.00
1.6HDi 110hp Exclusive 125 58.8 £16,795.00

January 2012

Citroen introduced the C3 Picasso Code

Replaced the previous Blackcherry special edition. It is based on the best-selling HDi 90 manual VTR+ version, with added equipment.

Complementing a generous specification that already includes air conditioning, a Connecting Box (Bluetooth system with USB socket), curtain airbags and cruise control with speed limiter, the C3 Picasso Code gains a ‘Look Pack’ that features: Polar White or Cherry Red 17” ‘Clover’ alloy wheels (depending on body colour), chrome lower bumper inserts and shiny black painted door handles with chrome inserts

There are four body colours to choose from - Polar White, Cherry Red, Belle Ile Blue and Thorium Grey. The Polar White wheels are available with the Belle Ile Blue or Cherry Red body colours and add Polar White painted side rubbing strips and a white rear number plate surround with chrome detailing. The Cherry Red alloy wheels are available with the Polar White or Thorium Grey body colours and bring Cherry Red painted side rubbing strips and a Cherry Red number plate surround with a chrome insert.

The C3 Picasso Code special edition is ‘on sale’ now priced from £15,695, which is just £300 more than the HDi 90 manual VTR+ version on which it is based.

December 2012

Equipment upgrades

The C3 Picasso offers a series of upgrades. The model has been updated with new design features, fresh body colours and additional optional technology. The newly restyled C3 Picasso is ‘on sale’ now in the UK, priced from just £12,995 OTR.

VTi 95 manual VT 44.8mpg 145g/km £12,995
HDi 90 manual VT 67.2mpg 112g/km £14,090
VTi 95 manual VTR+ 44.8mpg 145g/km £14,480
VTi 120 EGS6 VTR+ 47.1mpg 137g/km £16,130
HDi 90 manual VTR+ 67.2mpg 112g/km £15,575
VTi 120 manual Exclusive 44.1mpg 149g/km £16,430
VTi 120 EGS6 Exclusive 47.1mpg 137g/km £17,230
HDi 90 manual Exclusive 67.2mpg 112g/km £16,675
HDi 115 manual Exclusive 58.8mpg 125g/km £17,475

New exterior styling features include a revised front bumper and the latest Citroen chevrons on all versions; together with the addition of LED daytime running lights for a fresh new look on VTR+ and Exclusive models. Two striking new body colours are also introduced; Ink Blue and Pearlescent White.

Inside, the flexible, airy and spacious cabin is updated with a sophisticated new trim called Mistral ‘Mixou’ cloth, which is specified as standard on all VTR+ models. There’s also the option of a new ‘Claudia Mistral’ full black leather upholstery on Exclusive models. Citroën’s new eMyWay satellite navigation system is added to the option list, with extra functionality over the previous MyWay system, but at no extra cost. eMyWay can also be specified with a reversing camera and rear parking sensors for easier manoeuvres. An electro-chrome rear view mirror is now included in C3 Picasso’s Automatic Pack option at no extra charge and the new-look C3 Picasso comes with new 15-inch ‘Asterodea’ wheel covers as standard on VT versions.

Citroen has also uprated the power output of the HDi 110 engine on the C3 Picasso Exclusive, renaming it HDi 115. The slight increase in power from 82kW to 84kW has no effect on the model’s fuel economy or CO2 emissions.

May 2016

Range of Citroen C3 Picassos restricted to 1.2 Puretech 110 with 5-speed manual transmission and 1.6 Blue HDI 100PS manual. No more automated manuals. C3 Picasso replaced by C3 Aircross in 2017.

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