Citroen C4 Picasso MPV
Price £18,270 - £26,760
- Large boot
- Stylish design
- Great engines
- Question marks over reliability
- Ford C-MAX is more fun to drive
- Infotainment system not as intuitive as those of rivals
At a glance
"The Citroen C4 Picasso is comfortable, quick and cheap to run. There's plenty of space inside, too."
The Citroen C4 Picasso is one of the best-looking MPVs on the market – its futuristic looks are much more eye-catching than those of its main rivals, such as the Ford C-MAX. The same is true inside, where there's a modern, clutter-free dashboard with at least one centrally mounted screen. The C4 Picasso is more than practical enough to deal with everyday family life thanks to a very spacious interior, flexible seating and a large boot.
Citroen is renowned for its excellent diesel engines, all of which make the C4 Picasso cheap to run. The quickest petrol engine offers more than enough performance for a car like this, but can't match the diesels' fuel economy or pulling power at lower revs.
The C4 Picasso has been designed with family life in mind, so the car's suspension provides a smooth, comfortable ride. This does mean the car isn’t the sharpest handler in its class, but most buyers don’t prioritise driving dynamics when looking for an MPV.
There are four trim levels to choose from: VTR, VTR+, Exclusive and Exclusive+. All models get Citroen's stylish panoramic windscreen, air-conditioning, a seven-inch touchscreen and electric windows. The top-of-the-range Exclusive+ adds a panoramic sunroof, parking assistance and keyless entry to the list.
If you’re going to buy a Citroen C4 Picasso, we’d recommend the e-HDi 115 model in Exclusive trim. The 112bhp diesel engine in this version offers a useful dose of extra performance over the most frugal model without sacrificing much efficiency, while Exclusive trim gets you equipment like sat nav, a 12-inch digital display and a reversing camera, which will be useful during ownership and add to the car's value when you come to sell it or trade it in.
Citroen C4 Picasso diesel models have very low running costs
The Citroen C4 Picasso isn't as fun to drive as a Ford C-MAX, but smooth engines impress
The Citroen C4 Picasso features comfortable seats and the interior is quiet at motorway speeds
The Citroen C4 Picasso has a big boot and generously sized rear seats are perfect for families
Reliability has been something of a weak point for Citroen