Quarter final 1
Citroen C3 Picasso vs Renault Clio Sport Tourer
EntrantsWINNER: Citroen C3 Picasso Our choice: 1.6 HDi 90VTR+
RUNNER-UP: Renault Clio Sport Tourer (£12,226-£15,798) Our choice: 1.2TCe i-Music
Our quarter final draw has thrown up some intriguing clashes – and this is one of them. Both of these French models are based on superminis. However, that’s where the similarities end.
The boxy Citroen has to take a back seat when it comes to style, and its upright body does the handling few favours. But it compensates for this with a practical cabin that features sliding rear seats, a split-level boot floor and a potential 500-litre capacity.
In contrast, the Renault estate is based on one of our favourite superminis, and mixes a spacious, high-quality interior with sharp dynamics and a surprising degreeof comfort. Choosing between these two cars is no easy task.
The pretty Clio undoubtedly wins when it comes to looks. But it has to give way to the Citroen on space. Even with the rear seats folded, the Renault carrier is outscored by the C3. The Clio’s 1,277-litre maximum load area is no contest for the van-like 1,506 litres available in its MPV rival.
Our two protagonists are much harder to separate when it comes to price. The Renault range starts at £12,226, and the cheapest diesel in the line-up is the 1.5-litre dCi (86bhp), at £13,914. It’s evenly matched with the Citroen, which starts from £12,445. The firm’s 1.6-litre HDi (89bhp) begins at £13,545.
In footballing terms, this was a hard-fought match that was only ever going to be settled by a single goal – and the Citroen scored it.
For family buyers, we think it offers more versatility, and its spacious cabin gives it the edge. Yet the Clio will have every right to feel hard done by as it trudges back to the changing room. Its more conventional styling and competitive price tags make it a genuine alternative to many compact family hatchbacks.
In this review
- 1IntroductionWe name best family car on sale in 2010’s biggest road test.
- 2Final: Skoda Superb vs Renault ScenicMPV champ meets our top hatch in epic battle. Will it go to penalties?
- 3Semi final 2VW Group duo have put in polished performances so far in our showdown. Now, they come together for a chance to take overall glory
- 4Semi final 1We’re only one round away from the final, and the nerves are jangling as French people carriers come face-to-face. So, which one gets the nod?
- 5Quarter final 4Skoda Superb vs Skoda Yeti
- 6Quarter final 3Kia Cee'd vs Volkswagen Golf
- 7Quarter final 2Renault Scenic vs Volkswagen Golf Estate
- 8Quarter final 1 - currently readingCitroen C3 Picasso vs Renault Clio Sport Tourer
- 9Group 8: Family hatchbacksPracticality, affordability, styling and driving fun... Buyers demand a lot from modern family cars. So which large five-door scores across the board?
- 10Group 7: Compact MPVsEuropean models dominate this sector of the market. Now, we reveal which flexible five-seater takes the glory on the global stage
- 11Group 6: Compact SUVsPractical, stylish and fun to drive, the latest small, road-biased 4x4s are ideal if you don’t plan to venture far off the tarmac. But which will qualify?
- 12Group 5: Compact family estatesGet a load of five of the most practical carriers on the market. One of these luggage-swallowing big hitters could go all the way!
- 13Group 4: Compact familyTo get through to the quarter finals from this keenly contested sector, our class winner needs to be an all-round star.
- 14Group 3: Budget family carsWhich models make the most financial sense? We bring together four of the best value buys in UK showrooms to name our winner
- 15Group 2: Supermini-MPVsThese cars combine the driving dynamics of a supermini with the versatility of a people carrier – and competition to reach the quarter finals is fierce.