With its remarkable combination of handsome good looks, a light, spacious and versatile interior, and the wide application of innovative and useful technology, the arrival of Citroen's exciting new seven seat C4 Picasso raises the benchmark in the UK's fiercely fought Compact MPV sector.
The C4 Picasso is a car full of superlatives for its class: the biggest windscreen forms part of the largest glazed area; the least cluttered dashboard design is complemented by the most innovative use of lighting sources; the simplest folding rear seating system contributes to the largest boot volume; there are class-leading levels of elbowroom and the best all-round visibility, while for added reassurance the C4 Picasso has recorded thehighest EuroNCAP score for adult occupant protection.
Citroen's new C4 Picasso further leads the way by introducing a whole host of unique and innovative class firsts . A parking space measurement system, Hill Start Assist, air quality sensor and scented air freshener, Lane Departure Warning System, self-levelling suspension and paddleshift gearchange all make their debuts.
Refreshingly stylish inside and out, the C4 Picasso combines design flair and individuality with innovation and clever thinking throughout. Built to the highest standards, and exhibiting a level of attention to detail that exudes quality, the C4 Picasso is arguably the most complete Compact MPV available, yet at the same time it reinforces Citroen's reputation for offering great value for money, with recommended retail prices starting from under £15,000.
With its sleek, aerodynamic lines, its huge sweeping panoramic windscreen and purposeful front end, topped off by the distinctive chrome chevron design displayed by recent Citroens, the C4 Picasso really stands out from its rivals.
On the inside, the most immediately striking feature is the deliberately uncluttered look and feel in the front, achieved by removing the handbrake and, on most models, the gear lever. These are replaced by a dash-mounted automatic electric parking brake and a paddleshift gearchange and mode selector stalk behind the steering wheel.
This modern design approach helps create the clear, fluid and simple dashboard layout. Many of the usual buttons that litter other MPVs are cleverly incorporated into the C4 Picasso's innovative fixed centred controls steering wheel, while separate, individual controls for the vents and air conditioning are conveniently positioned at either end of the dash. Key driver information is communicated via a centrally located multi-function screen that can be customised to offer a choice of colour settings.
The C4 Picasso is cloaked by a huge expanse of glass, creating a light, bright and attractive environment for all on board. The wide angle panoramic windscreen, which is the biggest in the class, rises up and over the heads of the front seat occupants, providing a field of vision that has never before been seen in the class and is double that of a standard MPV.
Combined with the slim design of the windscreen pillars and the large rear quarter light windows, this huge panoramic windscreen ensures that the C4 Picasso offers the best all-round visibility of any Compact MPV. This is complemented by the availability of the largest sunroof in the sector.