Here at Diesel Car we’ve something of a soft-spot for Citroen. The quirky French manufacturer has done it all, from brilliant MPVs to classy and comfy saloons to World Rally winning superminis.
As the C4 Cactus shows, they’re not afraid to be brave, so this week we salute Citroen with out top 3 countdown!
1. C4 Picasso
There was a time when another French firm, Renault, dominated the MPV market. Not these days. Ever since the Xsara Picasso arrived back in 1999, Citroen has become the all-but default choice for the MPV. The latest, the C4 Picasso arrived last year and continued Citroen’s fine run of form in the MPV sector. It’s economical and its comfortable. All in all a brilliant way to move the family around.
What can you say about the DS3? Since its launch in 2009 its becoming the darling of the supermini world and it’s won more World Rally events than you can shake a stick at. Great looks and a great drive mean Citroen’s had a genuine hit on its hands with the DS3, and the diesel version is a hoot to drive. It’s the car that opened the door for the rest of Citroen’s new DS range and it’s well at home in our top three.
Ah, the BX. A proper 80s icon. Coming from the man who designed the Lamborghini Countach and Lancia Stratos, the BX stood out in a sea of 80s hatchbacks with its chunky, angular looks, rust-free plastic panels and iconic hydropneumatic suspension. It was powered by three different diesel units a 1.7 naturally aspirated unit, a 1.7 turbo and a 1.9, the BX was a car that we Brits took to our hearts. So much so that it became Britain’s best-selling diesel. Tres bien, Citroen! Tres bien!