Citroen Pi­casso has flair to spare

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Alis­tair Kennedy

The Citroen C4 Pi­casso is not an easy car to cat­e­gorise.

While strictly speak­ing it’s a five-door hatch­back, it comes with the op­tion of seven seats so can be seen as a mini peo­ple mover but also has many of the qual­i­ties that at­tract buy­ers to com­pact SUV crossovers.

Where it does stand alone is in the amount of nat­u­ral light pro­vided in­side the car through the com­bi­na­tion of a huge wind­screen and panoramic glass roof. The sun­vi­sor hous­ing can even slide back and for­ward to ac­cess the wind­screen even fur­ther into the roof.

It’s as close to the open air feel that you get from a top-down con­vert­ible as pos­si­ble but with the pro­tec­tion, both ther­mal and phys­i­cal, of a roof. We felt no ef­fect from the heat through­out our drive.

Citroen is renowned for do­ing things just that lit­tle bit dif­fer­ently so it shouldn’t have come as a com­plete sur­prise to find the gear change se­lec­tor, a thin pad­dle-shaped sil­ver stalk, sit­ting on top of the dash­board.

Pi­casso has the now con­ven­tional push-but­ton start/stop fa­cil­ity and we do like the key slot be­low the but­ton.

There is plenty of stor­age space with a large, deep cen­tral con­sole that can be re­moved. A closed area at the bot­tom of the dash­board is use­ful for stor­ing valu­able items and also houses the USB and aux sock­ets.

Pi­casso has five in­di­vid­ual seats, al­though the rear three are rel­a­tively small. Each of the rear seats can slide back and for­ward to let you jug­gle passenger legroom and boot ca­pac­ity.

Lug­gage space is good, be­tween 537 and 630 litres de­pend­ing on the place­ment of the slid­ing rear seats then up to 1851 litres when they’re all folded flat. A pow­ered tail­gate is avail­able as a $1000 op­tion.

Citroen C4 Pi­casso is pow­ered by a mod­ern 1.6litre turbo-petrol en­gine that pro­duces 120kW and a use­ful 240Nm of torque all the way from 1400 revs to 4000. It’s a Euro 6 cer­ti­fied unit that won its cat­e­gory in the 2014 In­ter­na­tional En­gine of the Year award.

The 2.0-litre diesel used in the pre­vi­ous Pi­casso has been re­tained in the seven-seat Grand Pi­casso.

Trans­mis­sion is through a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion that works well with the en­gine to have it at its best revs.

Fuel con­sump­tion is listed at 5.6 litres per 100km. We av­er­aged 7.4 per 100km.

The C4 Pi­casso is one of the most en­joy­able cars we’ve ever driven. At just over $40,000 it isn’t cheap but when you fac­tor in its in­tan­gi­ble qual­i­ties with its high equip­ment lev­els and Citroen’s six-year stan­dard war­ranty, we wouldn’t mind stretch­ing the bud­get.

Pic­tures: Juris Puisens/JP Photo

The Citroen C4 Pi­casso has all the flair of its artist name­sake.

The Citroen Pi­casso boasts an open-air feel with its huge wind­screen and panoramic glass roof.

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