Citroen C4 Picasso MPV

Price  £17,760 - £26,410

Citroen C4 Picasso MPV

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Large boot
  • Stylish design
  • Great diesel 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 greenest
e-HDi 90 ETG6 VTR+ 5dr £20,410
The cheapest
VTi 120 VTR 5dr £17,760
The fastest
THP 155 manual 6-speed Exclusive+ 5dr £25,070
Top of the range
BlueHDi 150 EAT6 auto Exclusive+ 5dr £26,410

"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.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.2 / 5

Citroen C4 Picasso diesel models have very low running costs

Engines, drive & performance

2.5 / 5

The Citroen C4 Picasso isn't as fun to drive as a Ford C-MAX, but smooth engines impress

Interior & comfort

3.7 / 5

The Citroen C4 Picasso features comfortable seats and the interior is quiet at motorway speeds

Practicality & boot space

3.5 / 5

The Citroen C4 Picasso has a big boot and generously sized rear seats are perfect for families

Reliability & safety

2.6 / 5

Reliability has been something of a weak point for Citroen

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 1 review
4 / 5
The new Citroen C4 Picasso has the silhouette more of a hatchback than an MPV, and serves up the desirability the old car was always missing. Plus, when you delve deeper, you find a seriously practical and fuel-efficient compact people carrier with an impressively polished driving experience.
What owners say 
4.2 /5 based on 112 reviews
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
5 Dec 2014

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