What's the used Citroën C4 Picasso MPV like?
Once the flavour of the month, the MPV has suffered at the hands of the more sporty SUV in recent years. However, proving there’s still life in the old dog, the Citroën C4 Picasso has been carrying the multi-personnel vehicle torch since 2006, when the first-generation model came along to supplement the dreary Xsara Picasso.
This second-generation version is both stylish and practical but it remains a strict five-seater, so if you want to enjoy all the benefits of a seven-seater you’ll have to take a look at the stretched Grand C4 Picasso instead. However, within that limit, it’s one of the most flexible cars of its type, with a spacious interior and clever seats that can be folded in a variety of ways. It’s also packed with features designed to take the stress out of family motoring.
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.
There are two variants of Citroën's 1.2-litre Puretech petrol engine, producing 108bhp and 128bhp respectively. There are three diesels, with output of 99bhp, 118bhp and 148bhp, and each is driven through a six-speed manual gearbox, although a few variants can be had with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The C4 Picasso’s supple suspension deals with bumps reasonably well, but the handling, although secure, is numb and doesn’t inspire great confidence when you’re pressing on.
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 drive better than the C4 Picasso.
For families on a budget, though, a used example of the C4 Picasso could well be the answer to their prayers.