Roomy for its size, the C4 Picasso has shrunk fractionally compared with the previous model.
Ride and Handling
The C4 Picasso comes with wheel sizes from 16 to 18-inch. Our test car is on 17-inch wheels, and the ride quality is impressively good. It is comfortably absorbent and doesn’t let surface undulations ruffle the car’s calm composure. It is noticeable that potholes you would expect to jolt the cabin don’t seem to unsettle it at all. You pay a penalty for this in the handling, which is pretty reasonable but not quite as crisp and poised as a rival Ford C-Max.
On tight bends you are aware of a bit of body lean. This third generation C4 Picasso does have better body control than its predecessor, and most drivers will find it perfectly acceptable, but you cannot help noticing it when you are in press-on mood on a twisty road.
Ease of Use
Roomy for its size, the C4 Picasso has shrunk fractionally compared with the previous model. Its dimensions are quite compact at 4.43 metres long, 1.83 metres wide and 1.61 metres tall, but it is a Tardis with more space in the cabin than you expect from the outside. The turning circle is 10.8 metres, which means that manoeuvrability is good. You can see out of this car pretty easily in all directions. It has big windows and a large glass area. For those who hate the chore of parking, Park Assist is available, to let the car do all the manoeuvring for you.
The boot is a very good size for a car this length, and has the useful facility of being variable according to the position of the rear seats. When these are folded down out of the way, and with the front passenger seat also folded, there is a 2.5 metres load length for carrying long items in the car.
The C4 Picasso’s boot at 537 litres is 15 litres bigger than a Renault Scenic’s and 66 litres larger than a Ford C-Max’s, and that’s before you adjust the Citroen’s back seats to add
Unusually there are two screens built into the dash, a tablet-size seven-inch touchpad screen close to the driver, and a big 12-inch monitor higher up near the windscreen. These make it easy to stay in close touch with all the car’s functions. The satnav has good clear mapping, but is sometimes a bit slower to respond than we’d ideally like.