- Contemporary styling
- Exceptional interior
- Efficient engines
- Not as fun to drive as some rivals
- Some reliability issues
- Not the most comfortable ride
Stylish, spacious MPV is one of the class-leaders
The Citroen C4 Picasso is the French manufacturer’s range-topping family SUV. First introduced in 2006, the C4 Picasso is one of the UK’s best-loved family cars. Available with five seats in standard form, and with seven in Grand Picasso models, the C4 Picasso offers tremendous practicality, strikingly modern looks, and a wide range of efficient engines. The Volkswagen Touran is undoubtedly more prestigious, whilst the Seat Alhambra is more spacious, but the C4 Picasso really is one of the very best family packages.
The second generation C4 Picasso, introduced in 2013, featured a complete redesign, with more modern aesthetics, an improved interior, and a larger boot capacity.
Exceptionally contemporary, and class-leading space
If there’s one area in the C4 Picasso that’s going to sway you into buying one, it’s undoubtedly its interior. It’s easily the most modern in the class, with high-tech gadgets throughout the range. It’s also the most spacious, and flexible, so it’s great for families.
The dashboard design of the C4 Picasso is so contemporary, it wouldn’t look out of place in a modern art gallery. It really is a work of genius, and is sure to be attractive for younger families. Material quality is also excellent, with soft-touch plastics used throughout. Controls are also well-damped, and well-placed, so it shouldn’t take you too long to acclimatise to the C4 Picasso.
Storage space in the C4 Picasso is also excellent. The standard five seat Picasso boasts an impressive 537 litre boot capacity, whilst the seven seater manages 130 litres with all the seats up. There’s more than enough room for most families, though with all seven seats up on the larger car, there’s only really enough room for a bit of shopping. This isn’t particularly disappointing however, as most seven seater MPVs offer pretty much the same space.
Equipment levels in the C4 Picasso are generous, no matter which spec you choose to go for. The VTR+ trim offers the best value in the range as it incorporates luxuries such as dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, electric windows, parking sensors, and a DAB radio, and is only slightly more expensive than the entry-level VTR spec. Exclusive trim adds sat-nav, a reversing camera, and a larger touchscreen display, which may be attractive to some buyers.
All in all, the inside of the C4 Picasso is an exceptional package. It’s spacious, practical, and has the futuristic cabin to match its futuristic exterior aesthetics. You’ll also get plenty of kit as standard, so you won’t ever feel short-changed.
Reasonably composed and refined
Family MPVs aren’t usually cars suited to enthusiastic drivers, and the C4 Picasso is no different. There’s still plenty of grip in the corners, and the steering is light enough to make town driving a doddle, but it’s not what you’d call engaging. This is because at speed the steering is simply too unengaging, whilst body roll is an issue when you take a bend at speed. It’s nowhere near to fun to drive as a Ford C-Max, or an S-Max, so if you want more thrills it might be worth considering these.
Suspension and Chassis
Comfort levels in the C4 Picasso are pretty decent, though it’s not the most refined car in the class. Generally speaking, the C4 Picasso copes well on most roads, but on particularly bad surfaces laden with potholes, the Picasso can get a little bit jittery. Wind and road noise are thankfully kept to a minimum, which makes the C4 Picasso an excellent long-distance motorway cruiser.
Gearbox options in the C4 Picasso come in three guises. The standard throughout the range is a six-speed manual transmission, that is well-geared, but a little bit imprecise when you want to quickly change gear. There’s also a semi-automatic gearbox available, that isn’t as impressive as VW’s DSG box, but it’s still pretty decent. A full-automatic option is also an option on some models, but it’s probably one to avoid, as it’s not the most refined transmission out there.
A good solid range of clean, efficient engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your C4 Picasso, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s a huge range of different options, but the diesel engines in the range offer the best balance of power and efficiency.
If it’s power that you want from your C4 Picasso, the best option in the range is the petrol-powered 1.6 litre THP engine. Cars equipped in this guise produce 163bhp, and in five-seater form accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds. That’s not going to whet the lips of petrolheads, but it feels fast in a car as big as the C4 Picasso. It’s also reasonably efficient, so your fun won’t be spoiled by quickly emptying pockets.
Eco-friendly buyers will be exceptionally pleased with the diesel-powered 1.6 litre BlueHDi 100 engine, as it produces just 99g/km of CO2 emissions. For an MPV to have sub-100g/km emissions is pretty incredible, and it won’t cost you any money to tax each year either. Money-savers will inevitably also be attracted to this model, as C4 Picasso’s with this engine can achieve up to an amazing 74.3mpg. The money that you can save on fuel and tax can be easily spent on life’s other luxuries.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your C4 Picasso, you’re going to get a modern, clean, and efficient engine. It obviously varies from model to model, so it’s worth checking out the specific figures before you click to buy.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, with good safety features
Like nearly every car in its class, the Citroen C4 Picasso easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 86% in adult safety, 88% in child safety, and 68% in pedestrian safety, the C4 Picasso isn’t quite as safe as the Volkswagen Touran, but it stacks up well against the rest of its MPV competition. You’ll also get plenty of safety equipment to protect you and your family. Entry-level models come with six airbags, and stability control, whilst more expensive trims come with aids such as lane departure warning, and active cruise control.
Excellent value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Citroen C4 Picasso represents exceptional value for money for family buyers. Not only is it cheaper to buy than a lot of its competition, it’s also cheap to run day-to-day. This obviously varies between models, but generally speaking fuel efficiency is impressive across the board (with no model achieving less than 55mpg), whilst tax bands are also low, due to impressive CO2 emissions.
Insurance groups in the C4 Picasso again depend on which model you choose to go for. The range starts in group 13 for the entry-level 1.6 VTi VTR+, and climbs up towards group 25 if you’re tempted by the range-topping 2.0 BlueHDi Exclusive+ model. Whichever spec you choose to go for, you shouldn’t be paying any more than you would for an equivalent rival.
Depreciation is a large factor with the C4 Picasso, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Citroen C4 Picasso is one of the best family MPVs that money can buy. Whether you go for the five, or seven seat version, the Picasso is always exceptionally practical, stylish, and efficient, whilst it’s also cheaper to buy than most of its rivals.
Buying a used Citroen C4 Picasso online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Citroen C4 Picasso for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used C4 Picasso. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Citroen C4 Picasso online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Citroen? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Citroen C4 Picasso, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used C4 Picasso, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Citroen to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.