Citroen’s new five-seater was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March and the company have undoubtedly delivered a car that, in terms of street presence and internal jiggery pokery, is easily more confident, modern and striking than any of its predecessors.
The front has an eye-catching dual light array – LEDs above headlights – the rear housing clever little LED 3D-effect lights on a muscular, compact and, again, confident rear. The interior is compact but the head space lofty and there’s 5sqm of panoramic windscreen/cabin to enjoy. The cabin is spacious enough for a family of five and rear knee space is on a par with the best-in-class. Add a boot that’s an impressive 537-litres and you’re already onto something the whole family can enjoy.
As you might expect from a car that names itself ‘Technospace’, there’s plenty going on at dash level. As well as a 7″ touchpad (controlling dual-zone air conditioning, navigation, audio, telephone and driving aids) and a 12″ panoramic HD screen (for SatNav and the option of adding a personal image – nice homely touch), there’s Park Assist, Cruise and auto high beam.
There are illuminated compartments in the central dash with Aux, USB and 220V socket for hosting the increasing number of devices we seem to take on even the shortest journey. Clever touches include a Lane Departure Warning System that makes your seatbelt vibrate to warn you when you’re crossing a line. An orange light appears on your door mirror when there’s a vehicle in your blind spot. There’s keyless entry and start-up. Add the Lounge Pack and you’ll get lovely front massage seats.
Despite more internal room, thanks to a new build platform (the EMP2, which will also be used on the new Peugeot 308), the new C4 Picasso is shorter, wider, lower and 140kg lighter than predecessors. That lightness, as well as the company’s first BlueHDi 150 Euro 6 diesel engine, contributes to Citroen’s ability to offer the first MPV Compact able to get under the congestion-charge busting 100g/km limit.
Citroen’s new C4 Picasso will be available in Shark Grey, Aluminium, Hickory Brown, Obsidian Black, Ruby Red, Teles Blue and Kyanos Blue and with 16”, 17” and 18” alloys. See it on UK roads when the sun finally shines later this year.