Citroen C4 Picasso review – Pocket-lint

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The idea of an MPV being is one which very few believe is possible. With the new C4 Picasso, hopes to change that. styling, a 12-inch HD screen and an bright interior with 5.3 square of glass, all put forward a convincing argument.

So can the new C4 Picasso stay exciting, even you have a bunch of screaming in the back? Or is this just yet MPV destined to be as boring as the school Read on to find out

Design

the front, the C4 is a rather pretty It has a set of LED lights just above its with a chrome strip along the front of the bonnet. It the whole front of the car together and it a much more interesting than the usual just some lights there of MPVs.

We also like how and flat the bonnet is, with a big end grille that gives the car more road presence. the car looks big, it is actually 4cm and 4cm shorter than its predecessor. the excellent driving position well to hide the C4’s

Specific dimensions are 4.43 x 1.83 metres x 1.61 which isn’t huge it holds up to five people ample leg room. The car also off 140Kg on its predecessor, which make for more fuel and result in better driving

The back of the car has a set of infinity lights not that on the back of the DS3, or the R8 for that matter. It’s the part of the vehicle, with a secondary rear window by a chrome accented strut. the amount of glass already in the C4, it feel like designers got a bit away here.

From the the small spoiler and slightly road stance actually the C4 look genuinely exciting. It looks miles more than any of the family-friendly competition, is a big plus.

Interior

The really point of the C4 Picasso is in its interior. has used a pair of screens in to minimise button clutter. the HD, 12-inch, customisable speedo sits in the centre at the front is an but it’s a box we would definitely as it’s really specially.

below it is a much smaller touchscreen display that you can use to all other functions of the car, music to the satnav.

Irritatingly, screens often end up mirroring other. Say you want to see the satnav in of the 12-inch display, then will also show in the touchscreen directly below. You turn off the touchscreen or the HD display stop showing navigation, means you’re stuck a confusing repeated image.

The amount of light and space the C4 is also very good. All glass makes for a really cabin with great even for the especially tall. The windscreen is huge and sweeps back above the driver’s

This can be irritating at times, it allows the sun to shine directly your eyes. Luckily has designed adjustable sun blinds can sweep forward to cover up the top of the windscreen.

The electric parking button is fitted just the touchscreen centre console. we don’t usually like parking brakes, positioning it within reach does it much more functional, and if you it to your son or daughter, they be able to pull a handbrake in it.

Aside from that, the positioning is very good. We how Citroen has placed a set of air conditioning on the side struts behind the passenger, as they can be used to cool air directly onto the of slightly overheated little

The C4’s steering wheel can be fussy, as it is used to control the big HD and not the touchscreen. At first it felt intuitive swapping between the but after a while we just with the big 12-inch screen and the wheel to control everything.

used are of a decent quality, on base models, with never feeling cheap and a that, although we haven’t this, could likely the test of years worth of kids.

Driving

Usually you think to include a specific on the driving experience of a big people as they are more focussed on families and little else. The C4 is actually rather good.

You sit the steering wheel is in a good and the seats, which are exceptionally can be set up to give good neck and support for long journeys. It like a car that you would be doing a lot of miles in but that has visibility and ease of use to ensure city driving isn’t a either.

The steering is light and basically no feedback from the whatsoever, but that’s a concession you with an MPV. The ride is very good, provided you go for the optional 18-inch wheels, appear to unsettle things Otherwise the C4 will keep ones asleep over the bumpiest of cobbled streets.

Both the 115bhp and 155bhp petrol are more pokey enough for an MPV. fuel consumption is a lot better in the and for us, it’s the unit to go for. are loud and both are fairly

The clutch, brake and accelerator are all set up but the gearbox isn’t. It changes such a clunk that it as if the gearstick might fall

Ease of use

There are some little tweaks to the C4’s that make it one of the best you can chose to live with day to The smaller glovebox mounted in the console has a pair of USB slots and a 220V socket so you can keep like laptops and DVD players

Then there is a massive of cubby holes just everywhere; adjustable seats mean you can set the car up quickly for people of about every size and

The boot, which has an optional opening system, has a step halfway up in the bodywork. It means you can bigger suitcases at the bottom, still having space up It’s big as well, at 537 litres. driving aids like cruise control, which can speed to match the car in front, are when you are cruising long

There is also a self-parking which from our testing exceptionally well, even we asked it to do difficult bay parking.

The C4 has an list of technology which you can on to the car, all of which will the driving experience easier. though, it’s to size and coupled with all the cubby and seat adjustments, that it a very functional MPV.

The screen, which deserves mention, is extremely bright and You can change it between an elliptical setup or one with three On top of the speedo, it can be adjusted to show music or even personal

It’s a nice twist is a great driving aid as well as a bit of fun.

Verdict

The C4 Picasso might be one of the properly fun MPVs ever It looks good from the is functional on the inside and has enough to keep it exciting compared to the for the coming years.

Fuel on the diesel is very good, 50mpg when we tested the car on the We also love the driving The only thing stopping us suggesting it as a definite investment is a 7-seater version of the car will be on later in the year.

For most, is the optimum number of seats for The 7-seater will also with the option to add an Audi-style parking sensor that a live view of the exterior.

has played it as safe as it needs to the C4, while still creating a car is fun to look at and fun for passenger and driver. For the family or those who just more space to move about, it’s a solid Prices for the new C4 start at £17,500, the car going on sale this

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