Citroen C4 Picasso

Flair BlueHDi 150

Citroen C4 Picasso, 2016, front
Citroen C4 Picasso, front
Citroen C4 Picasso, front
Citroen C4 Picasso, front
Citroen C4 Picasso, rear
Citroen C4 Picasso, rear
Citroen C4 Picasso, rear
Citroen C4 Picasso, interior

SOMETIMES it's the little things that make a difference in a car.

The Citroen's C4 Picasso, for example, has a windscreen so deep it actually encroaches into the roof space so you can see at the sky above you in the same way that the rear seat passengers can through the panoramic glass sun roof.

A great feature but under normal circumstances an ordinary sun visor wouldn't be deep enough to cope with such a vast area of glass.

So Citroen has fitted visors on panels which slide forward into the upper areas of the windscreen to ensure you can eliminate the glare.

And that's just one of the features which make this model - which has just been revamped for 2016 - such an easy car to live with.

The car has been so successful for the French company that the changes for the new model have been kept to a discreet minimum so you have to look close to spot them.

But changes there are, including a more dynamic front end with alterations to the grille and at the back there are new 3D-effect rear lights and the Citroen chevrons are now finished in gloss black with a chrome surround.

The latest generation features four interior design styles and the choice of five different upholstery choices which allows buyers to personalise their new car even more.

A new 3D Citroen Connect navigation system now comes with an updated seven-inch touch screen which sits below the 12-inch HD screen on the upper part of the dashboard which is split into two sections.

The right hand side is used for the digital and analogue speedometer while the left is used for displaying information about the vehicle at the touch of a button.

But for most of the time the left hand section shows a C4 on the road with two green lines on either side showing the lane markings. Stray over a line without using your indicator and the line goes red and the car gently nudges you back towards the central position.

It's not easy to design an MPV that has panache but the C4 Picasso Flair lives up to its name with a distinctive shape that sets it apart.

It's high stance means good all round visibility and an interior that is bursting with space.

In the rear there are three seats which can be moved backwards and forwards independently, offer more legroom than most limousines, can be reclined and come with fold down aircraft-style trays - complete with reading lights - on the front seat backs.

And while air vents in the rear are not unusual those in this car come with independent fan adjustment.

The use of an electric handbrake frees up space between driver and front seat passenger and makes way for a large central compartment to house any bits and pieces as well as making room for arm rests on each seat.

There's electric adjustment on each front seat as well as a back massage system to ensure you get out after long journeys with ache-free muscles.

In addition the front passenger gets an electric leather footrest which swings up from under the seat to give support under your calves.

On the road the 150bhp model has plenty of pulling power although the gearbox tends to be a bit notchy.

Road holding and ride are good although noticeably soft when there is only one person on board. Add more people and it reduces dramatically.

Parking is made easy by an excellent reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors, not to mention a superbly small turning circle of just 10.4 metres which makes this model more manoeuvrable than many a small hatchback.

And when it comes to luggage a powered tailgate, low loading floor and voluminous capacity makes it ideal for business or pleasure use.

FAST FACTS

Citroen C4 Picasso Flair BlueHDi 150

Price: £26,310

Mechanical: 150bhp,1,997cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 130mph

0-62mph: 9.7 seconds

Combined MPG: 65.7

Insurance Group: 25

C02 emissions: 111g/km

Bik rating: 21%

Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles

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