What's the used Citroën C4 Picasso MPV like?
Once the flavour of the month, the MPV as a breed has suffered at the hands of higher-riding SUVs in recent years. However, there are still plenty of reasons why you should consider an MPV such as the Citroën C4 Picasso. Not only is it packed with features designed to take the stress out of family motoring, but it's also exceptional value for money when you buy used.
The line-up of petrol engines includes 108bhp and 128bhp 1.2-litre units and a 1.6 with 153bhp (increased to 163bhp in 2015). There are three diesels: 1.6s with 89bhp or 113bhp (later increased to 99bhp or 118bhp respectively) and a 2.0 with 148bhp. You also have a choice of a five-speed manual gearbox (on the least powerful diesel) and a six-speed manual on everything else, plus a six-speed automated manual called ETG6 for the 1.6 diesel or a more traditional six-speed auto named EAT6 for most engines from 2015 onwards.
Pre-2016 Picassos can be found in one of four different flavours. VTR is the entry point and has 16in alloys, dual-zone climate, cruise control and a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen, while VTR+ adds automatic lights and wipers, rear parking sensors and a DAB radio. Next up is Exclusive with a 12.0in digital instrument panel, 17in alloys, sun blinds on the rear doors, sat-nav and a reversing camera. Top-of-the-range Exclusive+ has extra driver assistance tech in the form of adaptive cruise and blindspot monitoring, 18in alloys, an electric tailgate and front parking sensors.
After 2016, the range was simplified to Touch, Feel and Flair. Think of Touch as the previous VTR+ trim and Feel as Exclusive, although front parking sensors and an improved infotainment system was added that allowed for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration. Again, Flair is much like the previous Exclusive+, except you also get a panoramic glass roof.
The C4 Picasso’s supple suspension deals with bumps reasonably well once up to speed but can be a touch fidgety in town. The handling, although secure, is numb and doesn’t inspire great confidence when you’re pressing on, but at least it's not particularly taxing, and both wind and road noise are well suppressed when cruising along a motorway.
The interior is more than spacious enough to worry its rivals, particularly in terms of boot volume, even with the rear seats in place. With the rear seats folded flat, you get a massive 640 litres of space. The front passenger seat can also be folded flat, so you can carry objects up to 2.5 metres long. But while there are clever storage cubbies spread around the interior, including under the rear floor, the C4 Picasso doesn’t move on the design of medium-sized MPVs in any significant way.
Nonetheless the C4 Picasso is a practical and economical car and a competitive rival for the likes of the Renault Scenic and Ford C-Max, even if ultimately both of those cars are better to drive than the C4 Picasso.
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