Citroen C4 Picasso

Exclusive BlueHDi

120 Auto

Citroen C4 Picasso Exclusive, action
Citroen C4 Picasso e-HDi 115bhp
Citroen C4 Picasso Exclusive, rear
Citroen C4 Picasso Exclusive, front
Citroen C4 Picasso Exclusive, interior
Citroen C4 Picasso e-HDi 115bhp

CITROEN'S rebirth in recent years has seen it excel in many respects - notably in the MPV market.

The C4 Grand Picasso is one of my favourite large MPVs and has deservedly won awards a-plenty.

The smaller C4 Picasso is just as good in many ways though, and if the capacity to transport seven people isn't an essential requirement it more than measures up in pretty much every respect.

Its great strengths are space and practicality combined with overall quality and low running costs.

Design-wise it manages to execute the mid-sized MPV thing pretty well. Rather than your basic boxy blueprint it ever so subtly evokes the familiar egg shape of the original Xsara Picasso unveiled almost 20 years ago.

The C4 has been around in this form since 2013 and still looks fresh and stylish.

The C4 Picasso also scores highly for an interior that's well designed as well as being radically different and almost futuristic.

There's also a hallmark of quality for good quality materials, plastics and switchgear, which combine to create a cabin with a distinctly premium kind of feel.

The first thing you notice when you sit in the driver's seat is just how much visibility is offered thanks to some clever front pillar design touches.

On the space front it delivers too, with a huge cabin where pretty much everyone is well catered for. Normally I'm happy sat in the driver's seat but I couldn't help but feel jealous of the nifty footrest provided for the front seat passenger in this model.

The rear bench is three ‘proper' seats - each of which offer Isofix child seat connections and the entire bench can also slide forward and back.

This means legroom and bootspace can be adjusted accordingly. With the bench fully forward there's 630 litres of carrying capacity and with it back it offers 537 litres.

With the rear seats folded you can create a completely flat load area which boasts 1,851 litres of space.

Would-be buyers are blessed with a decent range of engines to choose from - both petrol and diesel. The three-cylinder petrol model offers an impressive blend of performance and economy, though the range of diesels really does take some beating.

A 98bhp 1.6-litre Blue HDi 100 offers fuel economy of 74.3mpg on the combined cycle and emissions of 99g/km while a 2.0-litre 148bhp model is significantly more potent and still relatively frugal.

However the pick of the bunch is a 1.6-litre 108bhp diesel unit which actually matches the lower-powered 1.6-litre model for fuel economy and also has road-tax avoiding emissions of 100g/km in manual form.

This model was a slick-shifting automatic that was incredibly easy to live with as an everyday car and with emissions of just 101g/km still offers very low road tax.

About the only criticism that could be levelled at the C4 Picasso is that it offers what might be described as a relaxing rather than an engaging drive.

There's a noticeable bit of body roll but that's to be expected in a car of this ilk and what it might lack in driving dynamics it more than makes up for in the comfort stakes with a ride that's noticeably smooth and refined.

Trim options range from VTR and VTR+ to Exclusive and Exclusive+, with Selection sitting roughly in the middle.

All models offer Bluetooth and USB connections, with sat-nav coming as standard on the Exclusive and Exclusive+ models.

FAST FACTS

Citroen C4 Picasso Exclusive BlueHDi 120 Auto

Price: £23,665

Mechanical:118hp, 1,560cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via 6-speed automatic gearbox

Max Speed:117mph

0-62mph:11.2 seconds

Combined MPG: 72.4

Insurance Group: 20

C02 emissions: 101g/km

Bik rating: 18%

Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles

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