Citroen Picasso has flair to spare
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.
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.