Citroen C4 Picasso launch

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Citroen are really pushing on the new C4 Picasso, they currently have the 5 seat model with a 7 seat Grand version to come for January. It has over the years been one of the top selling cars for Citroen and strangely it’s also one of the top imported models over the last few years as the C4 supply in the used car market isn’t strong enough to meet demand.

Citroen are really pushing on the new C4 Picasso, they currently have the 5 seat model with a 7 seat Grand version to come for January. It has over the years been one of the top selling cars for Citroen and strangely it’s also one of the top imported models over the last few years as the C4 supply in the used car market isn’t strong enough to meet demand.

Now there’s a new one and on the face of it the new C4 Picasso is by far and away the best one they’ve ever made.

Not only does it look like something from a si-fi movie but it’s as smooth to drive as something from a few classes above it.

There’s some really go features around the car that are worth noting, the clam shell boot can hold a lot more stuff than it looks when you first open it, it has 537ltrs of space in there and that’s big in any class.

The seating position allows good visibility around the road and, cleverly, they’ve put in an adjustable mirror above the standard rear view mirror that allows you to see the kids in the back seat.

It’s 140kg lighter than the outgoing model and this allows it to drop down through the tax bands to less than 100g of Co2.

There’s also lots of storage bins in the car, under the floor there’s a cubby for every passenger, the down side is you might loose things in the car because you’ll forget where you put them.

The only storage that’s a bit small is the glovebox, you might fit a couple of pairs of gloves in there but that’s about it, there’s a fuse box in there that makes the space tiny.

One the road the C4 is extremely quiet and comfortable, somehow Citroen have managed to make the suspension in such a way that you won’t feel the speed bumps, let alone the bumps in the road.

There isn’t much in the way of feedback from the big steering wheel but I can live with that.

A note on the steering wheel, it’s big and a little on the bulky side with lots of controls for the stereo on it.

When parking you might find that you turn the radio up or change channels because it protrudes out from the dash quite a lot.

The C4 Picasso will start from €24,495 for the 90hp manual, the one I’d look at would be the 115hp VTR+ for €26,995 because that gets you more horse power and a load of extras that includes a DAB radio and the extra horse power will allow easier acceleration and a little better fuel consumption.

All in all the C4 Picasso is a welcome addition to the Citroen range.

I’m looking forward to seeing more of that striking design on the roads in Ireland.

*** The Citroën C4 Picasso is a compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), available as a five-seater and a seven-seater version, called the Grand C4 Picasso, produced by French manufacturer Citroën.

The seven-seat Grand C4 Picasso made its debut first, at the Paris Motor Show in September 2006, with the five-seat version following in January 2007.

The C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso were designed by Donato Coco for the French manufacturer Citroën and share the same platform and engines with the Citroën C4 and the Peugeot 307.

The C4 Picasso is the luxurious alternative to the budget Citroën Xsara Picasso, another vehicle in Citroën’s MPV line-up