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Citroën gets arty with C4 Picasso


AUTOMOTIVE designs are changing and we, at Autodealer - like it! Out with the bland and in with the curvy new designs we already see strolling on our roads.

Thankfully, MPVs no longer look like loaves of bread with wheels attached. Certainly, one of the manufacturers whose designers know how to use a pencil to design some stylish cars, is Citroën.

The DS range from this French automaker will leave you drooling and luckily, so will the new C4 Picasso.

Built as a usable MPV, Autodealer recently spent some time behind the wheel of this curvy French madame and walked away impressed.

The build quality is top notch and while the interior can be intimidating at first with buttons galore, you quickly learn this car means business. The C4 Picasso prides itself with heated seats (including massage function) and two multi-purpose touch screens; one in the centre of the dashboard and a 12-inch optional panoramic HD screen, which Citroën describes as a “full digital driving interface.”

The passenger seat reclines as do the three rear seats. Once inside the cabin you become nestled in a cocoon of comfort and can be forgiven for feeling like you’re at a massage parlour.

The large glass sunroof (fitted to our test car) opens the interior nicely and bathes the cabin in sunlight.

The dynamic design means space is never an issue as the seats recline, fold flat and move around like a piece of origami paper opening up a vast boot and lots of small storage compartments. The electrically operated tailgate means closing the boot is as easy as pressing a button.

On the road, this French model is composed but admittedly drives like an MPV. Big and bulky in its stature, the 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine needs to be worked via the six-speed manual gearbox.

If you keep the revs high enough, the 85kW of power and 270Nm of torque are more than capable and will return a claimed 4.0 litres/100km.

If the Citroën C4 Picasso is viewed for what it is, a people-moving MPV, it does the job perfectly! It’s classy, well-built and superbly finished. The niceties - like massaging seats and reclining rear chairs - make it just that little bit better.

Safety is top notch with countless electronic warnings, buzzing and beeping, should you find yourself swaying between lanes.

Overall, it’s a great car that has a lot going for it. While it is a niche vehicle, those looking for an MPV would be hard-pressed to find anything better than this. But unfortunately, the badge is a hard sell.

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