In the hugely competitive compact MPV market, which accounts for one in ten new car sales, the arrival of the five seat C4 Picasso means that Citroen is the only manufacturer to offer three different compact MPVs, with the new model sitting between the hugely successful Xsara Picasso and the seven seat Grand C4 Picasso. In addition, with its C8 full-size people carrier and versatile Berlingo Multispace budget MPV, Citroen offers arguably the most complete range of MPVs around.
Dynamic and visually arresting, the C4 Picasso’s powerful yet elegant new front end combines smart chrome chevrons with a completely re-designed bumper section that incorporates air intakes covered in a sporty black mesh. The signature wave-shaped waistline can be highlighted in chrome and, rounding off the eye-catching side profile, can be complemented by a range of stylish 16, 17 and 18 inch alloy wheels.
The rear of the car is where the C4 Picasso really stands apart from the seven seat model, presenting its own individual personality. The rear windows wrap around the pillars, above the unique horizontal design of the rear lights, to give a virtually uninterrupted all-glass look to the upper half of the vehicle.
On the inside the feeling of space in the front is accentuated by the deliberately simple design of the dash. Many of the usual buttons are cleverly incorporated into the
C4 Picasso’s innovative fixed centred controls steering wheel, while individual controls for the vents and air conditioning are conveniently positioned at either end of the dash.
Freeing up even more space, the handbrake is replaced by an automatic electric parking brake and the traditional gear lever, on models with the electronic gearbox system, is replaced by a paddleshift gearchange and mode selector stalk.