The latest Citroën C4 Picasso is shorter and lower than the previous, making it more compact but with more space inside than ever before. The airy interior is further enhanced by a panoramic windscreen and large glazed roof, bringing children’s dreams of rocket ships and cloud surfing closer, while you enjoy the relaxing ride in supportive, massaging front seats. Independent sliding sun blinds and sun visors in the front provide extra protection from glaring sun rays and for those who’ve forgotten their sunglasses.
It’s easier to get in than its predecessor, with doors that open wide to a 65 degree angle and uncluttered foot wells make getting everyone in - and out - a breeze - especially for family members with limited mobility.
There’s also space for all the standard parenting paraphernalia - from dollies - heads on or off - rugged, ‘loved’ teddies and enough nappies to cover a nursery’s worth of bottoms. If you want to take the dog, the pram and your parents, there’s space for them too - with a clam shell boot shape (max capacity 630 litres) meaning nothing will get squashed. We’d recommend Grandma sits in a seat, though, as the back seats aren’t just for children: all the Picasso’s seats are full-size and independent and can provide comfortable seating for 5 adults.
What’s more, the new C4 Picasso’s backseat legroom has been increased as the wheelbase is 6 cm longer. However, it’s almost as compact as a C4 hatchback as it’s only 10 cm longer than that, making for a tardis-like MPV that’s roomier on the inside than you’d expect from a vehicle guaranteed to fit through a standard 7 foot single garage door.
This all fits in with Citroën’s mission statement to create a vehicle that has the interior and practicality of an MPV with the manoeuvrability of a hatchback. We think they’ve succeeded there!
The C4 Picasso has always been a safe car and the new C4 Picasso has ABS, EBD, EBA and ESC* as standard. But Citroën’s dedication to improvement means they always strive to do better and the new Citroën C4 Picasso has redesigned and rebuilt crash structures and a stronger, rigid shell to improve handling. The windscreen has thinner pillars to increase your driving visibility at junctions and LED daytime running headlights mean you’ll be seen easily by other drivers. Whether they’ll want to see the faces being pulled at them by the jokers in the back is another matter.
The ‘unfastened seatbelt warning system’ will tell you if one of the kids tries to make a break for freedom to the clouds above the glazed roofline and ISOFIX child seat mountings are on all rear seats as standard.
There’s not much Citroën can do about the bickering in the back though - we’d recommend turning up the stereo. The media, bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio are all controlled from the central dashboard control and there’s even an optional, 8GB Jukebox app for all your driving playlists. Or the Peppa Pig theme tune. On repeat.
It’s not just the interior that’s been remade - the new Citroën C4 Picasso has a raft of innovative features to make your drive safer, easier and more comfortable. This new technology is not only new to Citroën - it’s also new to the MPV.
Parking anxiety is a thing of the past with a colour reversing camera, Park Assist and Park Assist 360 meaning you’ll have eyes absolutely everywhere. But that’s what you tell your children anyway, right?
Active Cruise Control uses radar to recognise other vehicles, and adjusts speed accordingly, letting you sit back, relax, watch the road ahead and play roadtrip games. How many other Citroens can you spot?
Lane departure pays attention to your signalling and if it thinks you’re drifting you’ll get a physical warning through the ‘active’ seatbelt. Just make sure it’s not someone tugging from behind, trying to get your attention!
There’s also blind spot monitoring by the smart wing mirrors, telling you who’s there but can’t be seen, via a small LED warning light; and intelligent beam headlights, dipping full beam for you when someone’s approaching.
Citroën realises that fuel efficiency and running costs are essential sticking points for MPV buyers. By looking after the planet, the new C4 Picasso looks after your wallet. The new aluminium bonnet and composite tailgate make the new C4 Picasso lighter, more efficient and more aerodynamic than ever before. Getting to parents’ evening just got that much faster. Aren’t you pleased?
Added to those efficiency savings is Start and Stop technology and efficient, economical engine choices which result in a reduction of around 30g/km in CO2 emissions. The most economical engine, the e-HDi 90 Airdream ETG6 has an official combined fuel consumption of 74.3mpg with CO2 emissions of just 98g/km, making Vehicle Excise Duty so much cheaper. You’ll have so much more pocket money - just think how many sweeties and toys you can buy with all those savings!
For more information on the new Citroën C4 Picasso, to book a test drive with your offspring or just to measure for pram size, contact Thames Citroen today. We’d be happy to show you around and we do have a kids’ area to occupy the most adventurous child!
*Three Letter Acronyms (TLAs) explained
ABS - Anti-lock Braking System
EBD - Electronic Brake-force distribution
EBA - Emergency Brake Assist
ESC - Electronic Stability Control