LEAVE THEM GUESSING
COOL AND CLEVER, IT’S NOTHING LIKE ITS RIVALS
LIKE one of Pablo Picasso's artworks, the Citroen named after him is an abstract mix of clever design.
But it also has functionality that in many cases surpasses similar-sized MPV and SUV rivals.
As you drive along, it is like a crime the Pink Panther is trying to solve. Nobody has a clue what it is. Nor that the Picasso is so cool to be in.
It is a very cleverly thoughtout machine that differs in looks from most mid-sized hatches.
There are some interesting features if you are into tech gadgetry, like a 360-degree bird's-eye view monitor, park assist (selfpark), blind-spot monitoring and vehicle detection.
Things immediately to like are the 12-inch centre display with dual TFT twin filter transfer screens showing all on-board diagnostics. There is also a seven- inch screen that modulates various functions and they are in turn displayed on the big screen above, including the driving displays.
There is a massive glass wind- screen with retractable sunshields and huge glass roof, with a totally retractable screen.
There are more storage pockets in the Picasso than in French Foreign Legion fatigues.
The centre console is deep enough to fit an entire handbag or one of those trendy pet dogs so popular in France.
The space inside is enormous. At 533 litres, the Picasso has the biggest boot space in its class.
My personal favourite is the double A pillar. It has glass between the two points giving unobstructed forward vision.
The 1.6 turbo-charged engine punches 121kW with 240Nm and has received the prestigious 2014 Engine of the Year award. The Picasso reaches 100km/h from rest in 9.2 seconds.
The engine is said to consume 5.6L/100km but these figures were a little higher on a combined runaround over a week.
Citroen backs its customers with a six-year unlimited kilometre warranty with roadside assist and capped-price servicing.
Priced from $40,990, the Picasso has a lot to offer. Options adding to the price are metallic paint, power tailgate, leather interior and special alloy wheels.
Citroen has been around for 96 years for those who have no clue. They do leave plenty of evidence to the fact they have been innovators of the automobile and the beautifully finished Picasso displays this perfectly.
Verdict: A classy and very liveable versatile hatch.
The Picasso is a motorised work of art.