Citroen C4 Picasso Review | Recombu Cars

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Citroen C4 Picasso


Reid road tests and the Citroen C4 Picasso, a five-seater MPV purportedly offers contemporary good driving dynamics and of space for all the family.

MPVs are dentures. And coffins. Nobody to owning them, but there a point in all our lives when age or circumstance forces us to invest in soulless boxes on wheels.

The C4 Picasso is just such a However the designers of the very model have done utmost to give it an air of desirability. pretty for a start, surprisingly so, and is on an all-new platform that it’s light on its toes engines that give it economy.

But is it as good a package as it Would anyone actually buy a vehicle out of choice? We hopped behind the wheel to find


We’ve never the words ‘…’ and ‘mini in the same sentence before, but we damn close to doing that when we clapped on the latest C4 Picasso. It’s a thing that shames not its predecessor, but the vast majority of its Its front end is particularly attractive, a large, fairly aggressive and narrow LED day-running lights sit above a set of squared-off headlights.

The C4 Picasso isn’t all eye candy. The car on Citroen’s new EMP2 platform, helps it shed 140kg in to the outgoing model. Aluminium, strength steel and a composite floor cut weight by 70kg, a further 70kg is lost the use of an aluminium bonnet and a tailgate of lightweight composite materials.

The end is that the C4 Picasso now weighs the as the smaller C3 Picasso – no mean

Its interior is arguably more The dashboard has a beautiful, almost design, with a variety of materials and textures that quality. The seats, with contemporary stitch pattern, are a highlight, and look as if they straight out of a a high-end design – even the cloth trimmed on entry-level cars look a sight better than leather-clad equivalents in some end vehicles.


The new Citroen C4 is slightly smaller than its but it offers greater interior due to the fact its front and rear are slightly further apart. The certainly seems enormous it’s light and airy to a whopping five square of glass (including a mammoth sunroof) and narrow pillars provide plenty of all-round The immensely comfortable front seat is designed to resemble a in the business class section of an and it even features an electric

There’s plenty of legroom in the with three individual of equal size, so you won’t drawn the short straw if the pecking order places you in the seat. The entire rear is flat, with no awkward tunnel to straddle, and the left and seats come with trays that fold from the back of the two front Each of these features a light so kids have no not to do their homework.

Our only back there was the fact the were a little on the firm

The boot is larger than up from 500 litres to 537 litres. the rear seats forward and jumps to 630 litres. Fold the flat and the total rises to 1,709 litres. There’s a number of cubby holes to general flotsam. There’s a little stash box under the in the rear, for example, and another the dashboard, which also the car’s USB and auxiliary ports, as as a 220v electrical outlet.

The storage bin between the front is a little small for our liking, as are the box and the door bins.


That C4 Picasso’s new platform it shed an impressive 140kg to the outgoing car. This is also said to have a centre of gravity, thanks to the it sits closer to the ground and its is mounted lower. Citroen it’s more agile ever, but it’s no sports car there’s a fair bit of body when changing directions, no how slowly you drive. On the flip-side, the is incredibly smooth and it admirably out imperfections in the road.

Don’t fitting the optional 18-inch though – they make potholes seem like craters.

Power is supplied by a of engines – VTi 120 and THP 155 petrols, as well as HDI 90 and 115 diesels, all with 1.6-litre Of these, we were able to the 1.6 e-HDI 115 diesel and THP 155 petrol. The is the clear choice for those who performance – it’ll accelerate 0-62mph in a reasonably nippy 9 (enough to see off some junior hot revs smoothly, is refined and a decent 230Nm of torque at low

The e-HDI 115 is the better bet, It’s marginally slower, 11.8 seconds to reach and it’s not particularly torquey for a offering a fairly wheezy at 1,750rpm, but it’s very to run.

Our test cars fitted with Citroen’s manual gearbox, which was clunky. It’s accurate, but gear feels and sounds you’re stirring a bag of rocks a small shovel. Citroen a robotised version of this transmission, which does with the need to manually gear or use a clutch.

A proper six-speed automatic should prove smoother, more expensive) will be in 2014.

Economy environment


At the time of our test, Citroen had yet to final specification for its UK C4 models. the car can be specified with a vast of tech. The most impressive of is an optional high resolution display atop the dashboard.

The third of this screen shows the vehicle’s speed, the right two thirds can show a of other, user-definable information. settings, a rev counter, navigation trip computer data or a picture of the user’s choosing via USB) can all be shown.

Below this is a smaller, display, which comes as across all models. This is a touchscreen unit that control of all typical vehicle – climate control, navigation, playback, phone, driving and Citroen’s Multicity Connect The latter is an online, subscription-based that allows access to apps, including Facebook, speed camera information, weather, etc.

The screen is a quite slow to respond to (imagine your iPhone, which makes it slightly to use, but if you like gadgets, appreciate its presence.

Speaking of the C4 Picasso comes with a of advanced tech that make your life behind the wheel. The highlight for us was the Park Assist feature, automatically parallel or reverse the C4 Picasso for you.


The C4 has yet to be independently crash tested, but expects it to gain a five-star when Euro NCAP a chance to smash it up. Until it comes with a suitably array of active safety that help keep you and safe. The car has a lane departure system that aggressively when the driver is drifting out of When this happens, the motorised seatbelts will tug at your shoulder until you back into line.

It’s incredibly effective, but incredibly annoying.

In addition, the C4 is fitted with automatic beam operation, which the headlights on full beam when the car detects it might be other road users, spot monitoring, and Citroen The latter enables the car to call the emergency services using its own SIM card when it detects the has been involved in an accident.

Citroen has done a stellar job the C4 Picasso. OK, it won’t set your racing (what MPV will?) but its and exterior styling and its wide of abilities make it a real It’s comfortable, practical, well and is versatile enough to even the most demanding of content whether they’re to the local park or driving country.

If you’ve been down a path in life you must confront the ominous of MPV ownership, we suspect you’ll be surprised by this one.

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