At last. A compact family car that doesn’t look like it was poured out of the same jelly mould as its rivals.
You can always rely on Citroën to be a bit different from the rest of the herd and the latest version of their C4 Picasso not only looks out of the ordinary but bristles with innovation and bright ideas.
Pointing the way for the industry to follow, the new model has a brilliant touch-screen driver interface. From the air conditioning and music to communication and pinpoint navigation, everything is smoothly intuitive, integrated and cutting edge. You don’t have to think about it – everything simply works… simply.
The new Picasso has a massive panoramic windscreen and considerably more legroom than the previous model, while beautifully trimmed and sculpted seats front and rear add superb comfort to a welcome sense of airy spaciousness. The easy access boot will swallow a class-leading 537-litres, seats up, expanding to 1851-litres with the rear seats folded down – all thanks to an increase in the new car’s wheelbase.
For added comfort and convenience, each rear passenger seat can slide backwards and forwards as well as individually folding perfectly flat with a single pull of the easy to access release tab.
Priced at £22,5555, my attractive bright ruby red 1600cc diesel Exclusive test car featured such extras as a convenience pack and 3D rear lights.
There’s a smooth six-speed gearbox, stop/start function and an electric push button parking brake.
Top speed is cited at 117 mph while the 0-62 mph sprint takes 11.8 seconds and 70.6 mpg is attainable in the combined cycle that, with a 55-litre fuel tank, gives the new Picasso exceptional range.
The new Picasso is nippy and easy to drive with a tight, 10.8-m kerb-to-kerb, turning circle that will please urban drivers.
Anything I didn’t like? Well just one thing, and one thing only – the dipped beams of my test car simply were not bright enough.