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Citroen C4 Picasso 2015 Review
- Vital Stats
$40,990 - $40,990
- Untested by ANCAP
Big enough but not huge
Glass, glass and more glass is the first impression of Citroën’s C4 Picasso people mover. This baby is just not your typical people mover, built for five rather than seven and providing a new motoring environment where the passenger’s view is no longer obscured by sturdy pillars and pressed metal bonnets. Needless to say we can finally conduct a review where the focus is on the inside of a car. Cue some serious cabin fever.
If you haven’t yet picked up on the fact this review is all about the cabin, here's the heads up - it's all about the cabin. The C4 Picasso offers broad window spaces and an un-obtrusive but quality trim to blend the inside with the outside.
The seating arrangement and style is top-notch - the front seats are a hybrid of Euro leather clad luxury with firm ergonomically sensible designer furniture. The seats are positioned upright with chair armrests at the rear of the front seats, and there are fold down tables for the rear passengers (sorry to break it to you kids but homework can now be done between home and drop off).
The front passenger seat electronically reclines with a foot rest coming from under the seat ‘Jason Recliner’ style - superb for long trips when the passenger needs to zone out or a driver swap is executed. The test car had the full leather pack which was beautiful but adds an extra $5000 to the bottom line—ouch.
From the top of the dash, to the middle console extending to the door, the lining material used is three shades of a neutral beige. Sounds boring yet it blends so well we liked it with the textures providing an interesting and refreshing surface.
The instrument layout was altogether different - confusing at first but within ten minutes being behind the wheel, I came to grips with the concept of the centre placed Speedo/Tachometer above the central screen display and nowhere near the steering wheel. The space in front of the steering wheel is bare and the transmission shift is located on the right of the steering wheel. The storage space was uncluttered and accessible however the power and USB outlets are hidden in the front storage space, making the power process longer than it should be.
The interior space feels generous including the boot. All three of the back seats fold individually giving loading flexibility. I really liked the two rear vision mirrors stacked – the large for rear view out of the car and the smaller mirror to check the goings on in the rear of the vehicle, clever and considerate.
Firstly the gear lever (more like a delicate twig) is positioned to the right of the steering wheel and was so fragile looking I was afraid it would somehow snap off, resembling the tender arm of your reading glasses. The ‘twig’ felt strange to move at first but after a few drives I got my head around the concept and became quite used to the system but not without a few errors such as leaving the vehicle in reverse when thinking it was in park simply because the gear indicator is located in the middle consul half a meter from the lever. Oops. My bad.
The Picasso is powered by a 121kw turbo petrol returning a 5.6L/100km consumption which is good news. The Picasso is no street racer being a little slow off the mark however, once punching along at mid-range power, the engine was more responsive and the vehicle pulled better making the Picasso feel much more agile. In fact the vehicle handles particularly well considering its shape, height and weight, it takes corners with surprisingly low body roll. The brakes performed well, keeping the Picasso’s frame in line when entering corners at speed.In the tight urban areas the Picasso comes to the fore with a great turning circle, parking is a breeze due to the car’s dimensions and the multitude of glass windows and mirrors makes vision uber easy.
I’m a fan of the C4 Picassos style cues, inside and out. It is a refreshing to review a car that looks best when your sitting in it because essentially that is where you spend most of your time with the car, no?
The dual pillars on the windscreen sets the car apart and the windscreen just goes on forever, joining the panoramic glass roof for great effect. The sun visors for the driver and front passenger slide back towards and past the top end of the windscreen - it feels at times like the front seat of a helicopter. The receding hairline windscreen is enjoyable but as soon as that hot Aussie sun hits you full-force at midday, you’ll be sure to be sliding those babies back into place, quick smart.
The overall look from the outside is modern, the light and grille arrangements with the blend of LEDs and chrome help set the French beauty aside.
The C4 Picasso is a refreshing motor vehicle for so many reasons. Citroen have cleverly shifted their zeal for quirkiness from the outside to the inside with an unconventional approach to glass and interior concepts. At $40,990 it’s a concept to consider for anyone who simply moves people in an urban environment. It is comfortable, stylish and contemporary. We suggest you definately compare the idea with some of the overpriced and overweight SUVs currently on the market, it’s worth a geezer.