Citroen C4 Picasso (5 seat)

citroen-c4-picasso-motability-car-2017Citroen have never been follower when it comes to design, the 2cv, the DS, even the CX that bankrupted the company in 1976 was a classic, add to this the ingenious Berlingo Multispace and the Grand Picasso which redefined the seven seat MPV market. This new 2017 model (out now) C4 Picasso can pull up a chair at the Citroen top table. The boot is large, 537 litres, with the sliding seats forward and  a boot lip low enough for a Jack Russell to jump into. From a family perspective the wide opening rear doors and three individual sliding rear seats each with Isofix brackets sets it apart from the Ford C-Max and  Vauxhall Meriva. The seven seat Grand Picasso is reviewed separately.

 

Citroen Picasso Motability car dash

The Citroen C4 Picasso is a comfortable car not only for the rear passengers, the extending panoramic windscreen floods the front of the car with light and visibility is further improved by the slim A Pillars and large quarter-light windows (If you are tall and raise the drivers seat up the sun visors can make headroom a little tight).

The layout of the dashboard can only be described as futuristic, the stars are two digital displays, the larger 12-inch one up top and the 7-inch touchscreen below it – that one controls functions such as air conditioning, navigation and radio. The top display monitors essential car functions such as speed and fuel.

 

Citroen Picasso Motability car rear seatsThe 2017 C4 Picasso comes in Touch Edition, Feel and Flair trims, the base Touch Edition is very well equipped with air conditioning, cruise control, start stop engine button, DAB radio, Rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights and 16″ alloy wheels, the Feel trim adds front parking sensors, Connect Nav, 17 inch alloys, a 12 inch panoramic LCD display which monitors essential car functions such as speed, fuel engine management and where fitted the reversing camera. The Flair is the top trim with 18 inch alloys, panoramic glass roof, park assist(the car parks itself), reversing camera, electric tailgate, keyless entry and a blind sport monitoring system with an led alert on door mirrors. New for 2017 is the ability to add a black roof to the car which we like, sadly it is a £400 extra.

 

citroen-c4-picasso-motability-car-2017-overheadThe C4 Picasso, for 2017, has added the three cylinder 1.2 litre petrol with either 110 bhp or 130 bhp, we would opt for the extra punch of the 130, it’s available as a six speed manual or six speed full EAT automatic, it does a good job of pulling the Picasso around, 0-62 is a respectable 10.1 seconds and the claimed economy is a cracking 56.5 miles per gallon. The 1.6 litre Diesel is available with either 100 or 120 brake horse power, the more powerful version is the better choice, 11.3 seconds 0-62 mph and on to a top speed of 117 miles per hour is a good return add to that the official economy of 74.3 miles per gallon with the six speed manual. there is a 150 bhp 2.0 litre diesel too but its too much for this sized car in our opinion. The starting price for the new C4 Picasso is more than its bigger brother which does seem strange.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Spring Best Buy – Citroen C4 Picasso 1.6 Diesel 120bhp  Manual  ‘Touch Edition’  –  £695 Advance Payment (£63.31 wpms)

Spring Best Buy – Citroen C4 Picasso 1.6 Diesel 120bhp  Automatic ‘Touch Edition’  –  £1695 Advance Payment (£651 wpms)