Citroen C4 Picasso 2013 Road Test | Road Tests | Honest John

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Citroen C4 Picasso

2013 Test

Citroen loves carriers. The French firm seem to stop making – in fact it’s what it has become best for in recent years with its of Picasso models. The Xsara started it all in 2000 and soldiered on for seemed forever (until amazingly) and is still a common on the school run.

The Xsara represented affordable and practical transport. There were few but there was also rarely a when you couldn’t get a discount on It became the DFS of cars.

But much has since then as Citroen to shake of its ‘value’ tag and aim for an association style and innovation. The likes of the DS3 helped and now it wants to flow across to its mainstream models, with the new C4 Picasso.

It’s got the styling right. Especially the front with its smooth end and slim LED daytime running which give it a cutting appearance. It’s very from other MPV designs yet is a Citroen with an added feel.

If this is the future of design the French brand then very promising.

Of course most important for an MPV is practicality and Citroen has often led the way in these and the C4 Picasso continues that. The thing you notice is how light it is helped by more than square metres of glass a large glass roof and a windscreen.

We’re not huge of the latter, if it’s sunny you just get dazzled, but you can at least the sunblinds forward.

It’s in the back with plenty of – more than the model – and good room too. It feels spacious that something a Ford C-MAX and the seats can be forward or back. They tilt which is a nice

All four doors open which makes getting in and out or fitting child seats much easier than in a hatchback.

As you’d expect the boot is with 537 litres of carrying plus the new tailgate design, the tail lights integrated, you can fit more in. The seats fold too, although there’s no one system for dropping them as in MPVs.

You have to pull two on the seat – there’s no way of them from the boot.

has markedly improved over the old The materials used feel better and the whole fit and finish is a big up, with a more quality to switches and controls. The design is improved and Citroen has dropped the steering wheel, which we never convinced by, for a conventional and nicer to use one.

The dash top compartments may have gone but still plenty of useful areas including a huge between the front seats, boxes under the floor in the and trays under the front But the best is the area in the centre which is like a little centre with a USB port, an and a plug socket. It’s an place for keeping phones and the safe.

Citroen is very keen to big up new in the C4 Picasso – mainly the new interface. This includes not one but two screens. There’s a seven touchscreen lower down, in a gloss black surround, controls all the main functions air con, stereo and the sat nav (if fitted).

above in the dash is a huge widescreen that displays the and rev counter (there are no conventional and can be configured to show other such as trip data or

It’s a system that’s easy to get to grips with to clear icons either of the screen, but it can be a little fiddly to For instance if you just want to the air con up or down you have to go to the relevant rather than just a button or turning a dial. If a busy mum rushing about all day you find it frustrating.

Citroen C4 Picasso

So the new C4 Picasso is very practical but it like to drive? Well the thing you notice is how comfortable it is. The is mightily impressive and there’s wind or road noise on the so it’s very relaxing on journeys, helped by supportive

In town the clever thin pillar design makes out of junctions safer and the light and tight turning circle it easy to park.

The steering feels quite artificial but responsive and the C4 Picasso certainly well, with plenty of in corners and surprising amounts of It’s miles ahead of the old in this department, with body control making it good to drive. That’s to the fact that the C4 Picasso a new Citroen platform with the EMP2.

This will form the of nearly all future Citroen from hatchbacks to estates to

There are two petrol engines in the starting with the 1.6 VTi along the 1.6 THP with 155PS. The latter is the ‘sporty’ choice but while smooth and nippy from a it lacks in-gear pull so better off with a diesel.

The 1.6 HDi is available in two versions, one with and the other with 115PS. expects nine of out every ten C4 models to be diesels and it’s to see why. It’s a great with plenty of torque 270Nm in the higher powered – yet it still refined and

Economy looks good too a claimed 70.1mpg.

The rather manual gearbox is a bit of a letdown but at least fairly positive. is also offering ETG6 a development of the much maligned EGC manual gearbox. We haven’t it yet but hopefully it will be a big improvement.

So what about prices? Citroen hasn’t revealed details yet but has indicated that the new C4 will start at around when it goes on sale summer. The most popular is expected to be the 1.6 HDi 115 in mid-level VTR+ at #163;20,255.

When it comes to people carriers Citroen has led the way. The new C4 Picasso is good to help Citroen rid itself of the reputation it once had with big forward in quality and design. Yet it has the elements of practicality, space and that have attracted so buyers before.

It looks a winner as a family MPV.

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