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C4 Picasso HDI

Monday, August 4, 2014

The new Citroën that everyone wants

By Carlos A. Pefaur
Herald Staff

The Citroën C4 Picasso is a minivan that combines style and livability, and whose energetic exterior design combines with a comfortable loft-style interior. Its perfect engine and comfort are unmatched.

The van also innovates on safety and habitability equipment, which combine with an intuitive interface to as another example of success for the Creative Technologie characteristic of the brand. Unfortunately, the car is steeply priced, as it has been affected by the luxury tax.

I was able to try out the new Citroën C4 Picasso Tendance HDI Pack version, the most highly equipped. My first impression was of this being a real premium segment car.

Unlike its predecessor, the new C4 Picasso is four centimetres shorter (4.43m), 6 centimetres shorter (1.62 m) although its width has been kept at 1.83 metres. Another aspect that has changed is the wheelbase, which has grown about 5 centimetres (2.78 m).

The Citroën C4 Picasso implies a new era. Expressiveness has been boosted in the front, with the headlights underlined by two LED daytime running lights, which extend above the grid. These features make the car look more modern and technological.

As the brand’s recent concept cars have also featured, the new Citroën C4 Picasso’s rear LED lights include an unprecedented 3D effect, both deep and futuristic, making them instantly recognizable in the modern automotive landscape.

Chrome finishes serve to enhance its style, certainly giving it an extra touch of elegance. The signature “C” on the side marks the space where passengers are seated onboard.

The exterior is topped off with 17-inch alloy wheels. The only downside is that the spare tire is a 16-incher, which could present a potential problem on the endless highways of our country.

Unparalleled sense of space

Thanks to its panoramic glass sunroof and windshield as standard across the range, the new C4 Picasso offers exceptional peripheral vision and an unparalleled sense of space. Asymmetric, minimalist and ergonomic, the Citroen C4 Picasso’s onboard experience is dominated by a sense of light and wellbeing.

Its large sunroof (1.2 m²) offers exceptional visibility and light for all passengers.

The dashboard of the car has been designed to free up even more space onboard. Two central screens display several of the car’s functions, which are all controlled using the touch feature.

The Citroën C4 Picasso is available with a Relax Pack for unmatched onboard comfort. The package includes “Relax Pack” headrests and automatic massaging on the front seats.

The van also inaugurates the new “EMP2” modular platform, which besides reducing weight (140 kg) takes advantage of its compactness. Each passenger can enjoy the space aboard and plentiful storage space.

The rear seats are adjustable and fold in a jiffy for extra loading space.

The front passenger’s seat also flips down to allow for the loading of items up to 2.50 metres in length.

With a record volume of 537 litres (up to 630 litres when the rear seats are folded), there is additional storage space in compartments under the floor, while a handy flashlight is included.

The trunk lid opens and shuts at the touch of a button.

Among the many other items that stand out in the Citroën C4 Picasso is the HDi turbo diesel 1.6-litre engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

The four-cylinder, eight-valve engine is capable of 115 HP at 3,600rpm and a torque of 270 Nm at 1,750 rpm. With regard to consumption, in the city the car consumes eight litres every 100 kilometres, and on the highway (at 130 kmph) the rate moves down to seven litres over the same distance. With a 55-litre tank and decent handling, its autonomy is of up to 900 kilometres on the highway without stopping at a petrol station.

It is so complete in terms of features inside that I could write a book on the subject. The quality of the materials (soft plastics) are superior. The inserts and finishes are excellent.

The instrument panel is located in the centre of the dashboard. The top seven-inch LCD screen displays the vehicle’s speed, system stats, fuel guage and onboard computer.

The lower, 12-inch touchscreen, which is located in the regular place for screens on cars, handles all the other features like automatic climate control, audio system, navigation and telephone commands. The driving position is perfect. Both the seat and the steering wheel have the necessary adjustment levers to achieve the right position.

In safety, the C4 Picasso comes as standard with six airbags, ABS brakes, EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and EBA (Emergency Brake Assist), cruise control and traction assistance, hill start assistance and ISOFIX seatbelts. The Tendance Pack version also features front and rear parking sensors, a 360° camera view and the Park Assist automatic parking system.

In conclusion, the Citroën C4 Picasso a model to choose if you are looking for a vehicle for long trips. It is a family car for the city, with a combination of mechanical excellence, ride comfort and high-end technology and safety.

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