The Picasso undercuts equivalent versions of the VW Golf SV and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer on price, and reasonable discounts are available from your dealer if you’re prepared to haggle.
You do need to choose carefully, though. For example, the 2.0-litre diesel models are expensive, so are best avoided, whereas the 1.6 diesels represent good value for money.
Resale values aren’t anything to write home about, but the Picasso won’t shed its worth as quickly as most big Citroëns, and company car drivers will also be quids in thanks to the low CO2 emissions – especially from the 1.6 diesel engines.
Citroën C4 Picasso equipment
Entry-level Touch models come with air conditioning, dual-zone climate control and alloy wheels, although it’s worth stepping up to at least Feel (the next trim up) because you’ll also get the brilliant 12-inch panoramic HD central display, Citroën Connect Nav and front and rear parking sensors.
Next up from Feel is Flair. This adds a panoramic sunroof, a reversing camera and blind spot monitoring. Families are also likely to find the standard fit keyless entry, hands-free tailgate opening and fold-down aircraft style tray tables highly desirable.
The options list is quite bewildering and dominated by packs. Most are trim-specific (they’re not available across the range). The Kids’ Pack is useful (a rear observation mirror and sunblinds) and inexpensive. Another, the Feel Convenience Pack, brings a stack of extras, including lane departure warning, radar-guided cruise control and a powered tailgate.
Citroën C4 Picasso reliability
The C4 Picasso was too new to be included in the most recent JD Power ownership satisfaction survey. However, the previous model did feature, and was one of the least reliable MPVs. Owners reported a high number of CD player problems, and the car’s side windows also caused plenty of headaches.
Meanwhile, Citroën as a brand finished a disappointing 18th (out of 26 manufacturers) in the survey for overall reliability, which doesn’t bode well.
Citroën C4 Picasso safety & security
Six airbags are fitted as standard on all versions, including curtain ’bags to protect front passengers as well as those in the back.
The C4 Picasso scored relatively poor marks for adult occupant protection in Euro NCAP’s crash tests. That said, it was found to be one of the best MPVs at keeping small children safe in an accident, which is a big selling point.
Range-topping Flair models have a raft of safety assist systems, including one that alerts you if another car lingers in your blind spot. You also get active seatbelts. It’s an excellent package that makes the top-spec Picasso a safe family car. These systems are optional on Feel trim but not available at all on the entry-level Touch Edition.
All models receive a perimetric and volumetric alarm which is Thatcham Category 1 approved.
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