It's pretty strange really; we refer to a vehicle like the 2017 Citroën C4 Picasso as a minivan or a people-carrier, but vehicles like this don’t carry any more people than a regular saloon or a crossover. That's not to decry in any way how practical a Citroën C4 Picasso is for family duties, because it is incredibly practical, but it does illustrate how much more accurate it is to refer to it as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) instead. If there are five of you and you need to take a lot of stuff with you some or all of the time, an MPV is a great solution. So, let's take a look at the C4 Picasso in a little more detail.
Citroën has now been using the Picasso name on its people carriers since as long ago as 1999 now. Back in the day, the original Xsara Picasso delivered a decent dose of practicality along with an element of style, but when the C4 Picasso arrived in 2006 it really did step things up a level. It probably wasn't until the second generation arrived in 2013 the bar for style in the MPV class was set seriously high, but since then the Citroën has occupied the preeminent position of being generally regarded as the best MPV in its class. There are still only five seats, but the amount of available space for passengers and cargo has to be seen to be believed. Affordability is also a big part of the family-friendly appeal of the C4 Picasso, and running costs are reassuringly low too.
Anyone who can remember early MPVs will know they were often vehicles where style didn’t appear to have been in the designers' brief. But that's not an accusation that can be leveled at anyone responsible for the way the 2017 Citroën C4 Picasso looks. The need for a tall stance obviously means the C4 Picasso is no low-slung coupe, but it's fair to say Citroën has done a great job of making this MPV look as good as possible. This is actually an MPV that buyers will be attracted to because of its looks, rather than despite them.
The available petrol engines are two versions of a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo that offer 110 horsepower or 130 horsepower, although you only get the 110 in the entry-level Touch Edition. The diesels are 1.6 and 2.0 BlueHDi units, with the 1.6 BlueHDi being available in 100 and 120 horsepower versions. Once again though, the lower powered unit is only offered in Touch Edition trim. The 2.0 BlueHDi is a 150 horsepower engine, and all engines other than the 110 horsepower PureTech are also found in the Grand C4 Picasso. None of the engines will win you any drag races, but they all perform their duties admirably and the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel is the pick of the bunch.
If there was to an official blueprint for MPV practicality, this would probably be the vehicle that would be used. There's tons of leg and headroom throughout, and even though there is plenty of space the airy feel delivered by the abundance of glass makes the interior feel even bigger than it already is. There are cubbies and other stowage everywhere, and the large door make getting in an out a breeze for old and young alike.
If you want a five-seat family vehicle that does everything you could ask of it, doesn’t cost a fortune to buy or run, and is also quite enjoyable to drive, you really can’t do a whole lot better than the 2017 Citroën C4 Picasso.
The 2017 Citroën C4 Picasso is available right now, so get in touch with us here at Sportif Citroen for more information and to arrange a test drive in this exceptional family-focused MPV.