Citroen’s latest C4 Picasso is still one of the slinkiest MPVS around, as reports
Matt Joy Citroen C4 Picasso
There’s only one problem with success, and that’s how to follow it. It’s a tricky one alright; the first generation Citroen Picasso (based on the Xsara) was a solid-gold hit and sold by the shipload thanks to keen pricing and tons of space. The next generation did well too, but had tougher rivals to contend with.
Now there’s a brand-new C4 Picasso MPV, and once again it faces a difficult task. The competition is hotter than ever, and buyers are more demanding than ever too. Just having space isn’t enough; comfort, attractive design and fuel efficiency appear on the shopping lists of most. This is a tough crowd to please.
This new C4 Picasso is a much more sophisticated device however. The key advance is that the C4 Picasso is the first of a series of Citroens to use the new EMP2 platform. Because of its modular design it can be lengthened to create a whole range of vehicles and it’s also been created to save weight; the new C4 Picasso is 140kg lighter than the previous model. Despite this, Citroen claims it is stronger and stiffer than the outgoing car.
Important stuff then, but it’s the outside that will get your attention first. Much more than a box on wheels, the C4 Picasso has a large glass area and slim LED headlights that help to create a more distinctive look. It’s clearly related to the previous generation model but with more character; it’s certainly benefitted from the impressively-stylish DS models elsewhere in the range. You can have one parked on your drive and your neighbours won’t automatically assume that you’ve given up on life because you now have children, which is surely the point.
This is an MPV however so