The Citroen C4 Picasso is one of the best looking MPV’s on the road at the moment. It features futuristic looks and offers great practicality with loads of space. Its engines are economical and punchy too.
The C4 Picasso features a range of diesel engines to choose from. There is a choice of e-HDI and BlueHDi diesel engines. The e-HDI are a more frugal option and come with a choice of 90 or 115bhp options. The BlueHDi 150bhp is the most powerful option in the range offering great punch in the low end of the revs and is probably the best engine to have if you are likely to be fully loaded with passengers/kids/luggage the majority of the time. There is a choice of 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
Being an MPV (or people carrier) the Citroen C4 Picasso is all about transporting people around in comfort with additional practicality and not about agility or performance. That said, the steering is direct and it responds well to input. Grip is good in the corners too but there is an obvious lean with body roll being a bit of an issue for the C4 Picasso. The 6-speed manual can feel quite notchy if you like to work the gears al lot so the automatic really is the option to go for here. If you’re looking for more response and enjoyment from your family MPV then the Ford C-Max could be the one for you.
There are four trim levels to choose from in the C4 Picasso. These are VTR, VTR+, Exclusive and Exclusive+. All models get the C4’s panoramic windscreen, air conditioning, 7 inch touch screen and electric windows as standard. Top of the range Exclusive will add items like a panoramic roof, keyless entry and a 12 inch touchscreen. Being a Citroen comfort is in its pedigree and the layout of the cabin is both stylish and welcoming. The seats feel big and comfortable with a very modern ambiance about the whole cabin.
The Citroen C4 Picasso has an upmarket MPV feel to it thanks to its bold futuristic interior and dashboard layout. It almost deserves the brands premium DS badge. The dashboard gets a clutter free streamlined design and the inset touchscreen mounted in the centre console adds to that quality feel. There is an extensive use of glass within the cabin particularly if you opt for the higher spec Exclusive trim. Visibility is great from nearly all angles of the car. Opt for the C4 Grand Picasso and you get the same quality with increased space and comfort.
The C4 Picasso is a very safe car achieving a 5 star Euro NCAP rating for crash testing. It gets 6 airbags as standard, electronic speed control and a speed limiter. While additional safety tech is available as optional extra or packages on the Picasso, the Exclusive trims models do get adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and a blind spot monitor. You can even specify surround-view camera if you wish to pay a little more for further security.
Space and practicality is what the C4 Picasso is all about and they are probably one of the best in their segment at it. One of the real selling points is that it can accommodate three ISO-FIX child seats in the rear. The rear bench can also be slid back and forward to create more legroom or additional boot space and as it also has a flat floor in the rear, there’s plenty of legroom even for centre seated adults. Boot space is an excellent 437 litres which can be increased to 630 by sliding the rear bench forward, or even increased to 1851 litres by folding the rear seats. The boot lid creates a massive opening too with a low boot lid for easy loading.