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Citroen C4 Picasso



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Citroen C4 Picasso side view

People carriers have traditionally been viewed as the white goods of the automotive world. Although they’re practical and serve a purpose, they’re hardly a hedonistic indulgence. Thankfully, Citroen enlivened the breed two years ago when it launched the strikingly stylish Citroen C4 Picasso, which has been something of a hit in diesel form. However, if you’re not a lover of diesel clatter, a new 1.2 Puretech petrol engine has been introduced to the line-up. It’s a raspy three cylinder engine with a turbocharger for a bit of extra oomph. And being part ofthe latest Puretech range, it’s pretty clean, with Euro 6 emissions compliance and a claimed combined fuel economy figure of 56.5mpg. Granted, four cylinder engines tend to be smoother th an the new breed of three-pots, but this Puretech 130 manages to be really quite refined as it thrums away, even when thrashed.



It’s no slouch, either, and feels much quicker than the claimed 0-62mph time of lO.lsec would suggest, although you do need to put up with its off/on bottom end power delivery. Given its turbo, you expect it to feel a little boosty, but if the engine is spinning below 1500 rpm when your foot goes down, you wait and wait for the revs to climb and then wham, you’re off. Things improve dramatically past this point, though, and despite its small capacity, the engine is gutsy and capable, even at motorway speeds.


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There’s no automatic version, just a six speed manual gearbox, but the ratios are spaced well so it’s easy to keep the engine revving where it does its best work. Top gear works much like an over drive to make the Citroen C4 Picasso a cruiser acredential that’s reinforced by there being barely any tyre noise. If only Citroen could dial out the constant flutter of wind noise, the Citroen C4 Picasso’s cabin would have the serenity of a temple. But that’s not to say that the Citroen C4 Picasso is without dynamic merit. Predictable, well-weighted steering makes it decent to drive down winding country lanes, but equally it requires pleasingly little effort to steer in town.



The Picasso will respond with a degree of bodylean but not to the point of feeling loose. There’s little doubt, though, that Citroen has aimed for supple rather than sporty and, as a result, the suspension takes the sting out of most bumps. That said, it will shake you up if you hit a deep pothole or sharp ridge, and the soft damper settings allow some body float over crests. The Citroen C4 Picasso’s biggest draw, however, is its style, both on the outside, where it sports a sharp nose and LED jewellery, and inside, where there’s plenty of panache, thanks to multi textured surfaces made from soft touch materials. There’s substance there, too, because it feels well made and ready to take a pounding in family use.



It’ll also seat four in reasonable comfort although a Volkswagen Golf SV offers better rear leg room and there’s cabin flexibility courtesy of the individually tilting and sliding rear seats. With the rear seats slid forward, the boot’s volume is a colossal 630 litres. This new petrol version costs less to buy than a diesel and is comparatively efficient, so it’s worth thinking about if you’re a private buyer who drives mainly in town. However, the diesel’s real-world economy and better emissions make it the better company car choice, as well as for those who cover more miles.


Citroen C4 Picasso Specifications


Price:                                                    £18,270
Engine:                                                3cyls,1199cc, turbo, petrol
Power:                                                  129bhp at 5500rpm
Torque:                                                170lbft at 1750rpm
Gearbox:                                              6-spd manual
Kerb weight:                                        1280 kg
Top speed:                                           125 mph
0-62 mph:                                            1O.l sec
Economy:                                            56.5 mpg


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