Citroen C4 Picasso review (2006 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Citroen C4 Picasso

review onwards)

What: Citroen C4

Where: Gerona, Spain

Feb 2007

Price: from est

Available: spring

Key rivals: Focus C-Max, VW Touran, Scenic, Mazda 5, Vauxhall Fiat Multipla

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Citroen yet another MPV to its range and it is the most family-hauler we have seen in a Great diesel engines, a drive and decent practicality add up to a family car – even so when the inevitable discounting

You could be forgiven for thinking we reviewed the C4 Picasso before. We but confusingly that seven-seat car is now to be badged Grand C4 Picasso. new five-seater car will take its C4 name, and join the Xsara to give Citroen a three-tiered line-up. Confused?

You have good reason to be. One that makes it easier is the C4 Picasso’s styling. Sure, it its nose with its Grand C4 relative, but every other panel is different.

And, admit, it is one of the most stylish we have seen in a while.

enormous windscreen combined slim pillars, gives you a panoramic view of the road It is not just those in the front who from a good view as the side windows are huge Opt for the glass roof and you will like you are sitting in a mobile

Other oddities include an handbrake, a completely button-free console and the fixed-hub steering surrounded by the numerous buttons for entertainment and options like control and hands-free phones. Opt for of the automatic choices and you can add paddle-shifters the steering wheel too.

Citroen C4 Picasso

We what Citroen is trying to but the clustering of all the buttons around the wheel makes it very and it is not that easy to use. and clean as the rest of the fascia is, a few would not mess it up too much. the positioning of the large digital is frustrating. On cars with sat nav it is in the large middle console off to the

In the left-hand-drive cars it is obscured by hands on the wheel, and in the same in UK cars it is far too far away to be glanced at and easily.

The electronic handbrake is one button that is not around the instead it is situated high up in the console, meaning a stretch the dash to operate it. The most aspect of the C4 Picasso though is its EGS gearbox system) gearbox, thankfully, isn’t the only choice. Citroen suggests we not consider the EGS as an automatic.

That is as well, as if we had an automatic that as clumsily we would take it for repairs. In fairness it works enough if you drive it with the but if you need to drive it anyway the manual makes more

There is a regular six-speed mated to the 2.0-litre HDI turbodiesel, its further highlighting the hopeless shift of the EGS. It does demonstrate the automatic’s consumption and penalty, it drinking 38.2mpg on the cycle compared to the 46.3mpg of the CO2 emissions are far higher too; at the auto is some 36g/km than the EGS.

So if you want a auto the environment pays. You can either though, as the 1.6-litre HDI with the standard five-speed transmission is the best all-round

Opt for the small engine simple option and you will not lose out in The five-speed manual might not be the out there, but the 1.6-litre’s 110bhp feels more vigorous the 138bhp of the 2.0-litre turbodiesels. The back this up, the 1.6 managing the sprint just 0.1 seconds the 2.0-litre HDI EGS with a time of seconds.

The petrol engines the diesels in the 0-62mph sprints, but lack their easy and torque, making them relaxing to drive. Neither can offer the sort of 45+mpg of the turbodiesels.

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And should be what the C4 Picasso be about. After all this is a family car, with all the and folding individual seats you expect in a five-seat compact There is a huge boot and enough airbags and Isofix seat fittings to ensure the most precious of cargos is in the Picasso.

Yet it’s not all about being as the C4 Picasso is actually an enjoyable with a roll free through the bends and decent quality. With prices £500 less than its relative, and the likelihood of discounts in the future, the C4 Picasso makes a convincing case for itself.

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