I was fortunate enough to get an extended time behind the wheel of the Citroen C4 Picasso over the Christmas period.
Once again, overall, I came away very satisfied.
The unique C4 Picasso design is the Citroen’s biggest strength and what really sets it apart from its small car rivals (in the premium segment).
Almost mini-van like inside, thanks mainly to the high seating position and the rather flat floor, the Citroen makes use of every inch of space.
The end result is a spacious cabin that offers not only boasts good legroom front and back, but also excellent headroom.
While the huge centre display screen is both attractive and functional. You can even completely change the theme/layout of the display.
A column shift transmission selector features on the right-hand side of the steering wheel and while this does take a little getting used to, it also makes perfect sense.
Being within easy reach of the wheel you can easily flick the Citroen into reverse or drive while making a quick u-turn.
Speaking of u-turns – the C4 Picasso has an impressively small turning circle.
On the road the 121kW/240Nm 1.6 litre engine delivers adequate performance.
Perhaps my only complaint with the drive experience would be a hesitation in the transmission when climbing hills.
The Citroen tries to hold a high gear when climbing hills, long after I would have changed up a gear to give the engine some more assistance.
The engine stop/start system also is a little annoying. To get the engine to restart you have to let the brake pedal off enough that the Citroen jerks/shifts forward, step on the brake again (as what you would do at a red light) and the engine cuts out.
On the highway though I found the vehicle to be very efficient – averaging 7.5L/100km.
Generally speaking the Citroen C4 Picasso offers excellent visibility, though there is one point where the twin A-pillars meet at the roof that can block your view of oncoming vehicles (as I found out at a T-intersection).
Digital radio, heated and massaging front seats, a handy mirror to keep an eye on rear seat passengers, and an excellent sat-nav system all help bring the C4 Picasso up to its rivals.
While the children will also welcome airplane style fold-down tables on the rear of the front seats (they even have their own little light!).
A little thing that I also liked about the Citroen was the seat-belt display on the main centre screen – it is easy to see which passengers have their seat-belts on and a handy little feature for when you have kids in the car.
My only real disappointment on the value front is that the electric tail-gate (as was fitted to my test vehicle) is a $1,000 option.
While the $2,000 Driver Assistance Pack, which contains Distance Control Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning is probably also a ‘must have’.
While you are also looking at an additional $800 for metallic paint.
It’s a head-turner too, and a conversation starter as well.
Starting from $40,990 it is also priced reasonably competitively against its rivals.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Citroen C4 Picasso
Engine: 1.6 litre turbo-petrol producing 121kW and 240Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Not tested
Warranty: Six years
Price: From $40,990