Citroen C4 Picasso Estate 2007-2010

Citroen C4 Picasso Estate 2007-2010

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Front and rear seats have a user-friendly position
  • Flexible and spacious interiors for maximum comfort
  • It is a perfect car for a family with 4 or 5 members
  • Innovative and practical design

Cons:

  • Vague steering and body lean in the corners
  • Issues with the quality of instruments

Overview

The Citroen C4 Picasso Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) is a family car that offers practicality with a new and stylish design. It has enough space to comfortably fit 5 passengers with the option of being able to slide the back seats forwards and back to either increase the luggage space or legroom for the back seat passengers. The C4 Picasso is similar to its bigger brother, the Grand Picasso with the only differences between the two being that it is shorter, the rear end of the car is differently styled and the Grand Picasso can seat seven people.

Exterior and Interior

All the engines in the Picasso perform exceptionally well but as a family car of this size it makes more sense to get either of the two diesel engines. They produce incredible power, and with the 1.6-litre engine managing 46mpg, and the 2.0-litre managing 49mpg, it is easy to see why. The petrol engines aren't too bad either, so if you have your heart set on a petrol engine you are unlikely to be disappointed. They are quicker than the diesels but come with an average of 35mpg on both the 1.8 and 2.0-litre engines. The manual gearbox hasn't proven to be very good with the gear changes being very jerky. The better option is the semi automatic EGS which did have problems at the start, but was sorted out thanks to a software upgrade making the ride smoother and the gear changes faster. It can take a bit of getting used to with some experimentation to start with in order to find the smoothest way to change gears.

Performance and Economy

The ride is very smooth with the soft suspension ironing out all but the biggest bumps in the road. The Picasso does lean into the corners a little bit but for a car of this size that is to be expected. The big windscreen though lends itself to the driver giving perfect views of the road ahead which is also helped by the other big windows on the car, giving good all round views. The seating position is extremely comfortable, but with the windscreen positioned further back than the usual, some drivers may not feel comfortable and may distract those who prefer to have a standard style roof over their head.

Like to Drive

The C4 hasn't experienced many serious problems but the main complaints are with the quality of the interior. The EGS gearbox also had some problems to begin with but these have been smoothed out and the problems have reduced since. The servicing costs for the C4 are higher than other rivals in its class so you would do well to search around for an independent garage that specializes in Citroens and who will more than likely charge a lot less.

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