Citroen C4 Picasso (2013 – 2018) At A Glance
Citroen loves people carriers it seems. The French firm can't seem to stop making them - in fact it's probably what it has become best known for in recent years with its range of Picasso models. The Xsara Picasso started it all in 2000 and soldiered on for what seemed forever (until 2010 amazingly) and is still a common sight on the school run.
The Xsara Picasso represented affordable and practical family transport. There were few frills but there was also rarely a time when you couldn't get a discount on one. It became the DFS of cars. But much has changed since then as Citroen attempts to shake of its 'value' tag and aim for an association with style and innovation. The likes of the DS3 have helped and now it wants to flow that across to its mainstream models, starting with the new C4 Picasso.
It's certainly got the styling right. Especially from the front with its smooth front end and slim LED daytime running lights which give it a cutting edge appearance. It's very different from other MPV designs yet is unmistakably a Citroen with an added premium feel. If this is the future of design from the French brand then it's very promising.
Of course what's most important for an MPV is practicality and space. All Picassos have always had three separate full sized sliding and folding centre rear seats, each fitted with Isofix tethers. Quality of the latest C4 Picasso has improved. The materials used feel much better and the whole fit and finish is a big step up, with a more quality feel to switches and controls. The design is much improved and Citroen has dropped the 'fixed-hub' steering wheel, which we were never convinced by, for a conventional and much nicer to use one.
When it comes to family-focussed people carriers Citroen has long led the way. The new C4 Picasso is good enough to help Citroen rid itself of the budget reputation it once had with big leaps forward in quality and design. Yet it has kept the elements of practicality, space and user-friendliness that have attracted so many buyers before. It looks a real winner as a family MPV.
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Can you recommend a reliable car with soft suspension?
"I'm a retired man looking for a reliable, automatic car under £10,000. I need something with soft suspension as I have a very bad back and vibration makes it worse. I would also like to be able to see the bonnet as well because these new invisible drop-down bonnets drive me mad. I'm not worried about fuel economy or tax, it's the ride that matters most. So if I have to buy a barge, so be it. I've tried a few cars to no avail and was wondering if you might have some suggestions. Many thanks and kind regards."
We'd recommend a Citroen C4 Cactus. It's a very comfortable choice with good visibility and a reliable automatic gearbox. Also, consider the slightly smaller Citroen C3 – both focus on comfort with excellent results. Alternatively, a larger SUV like a Honda CR-V could be a good choice. We'd recommend the 2.0-litre petrol engine.
We need a family car that'll fit three child seats. What should we look at?
"We need a car to fit three child car seats and a boot to take all the family clobber. We want a petrol and have less than £10,000 to spend."
We'd recommend a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. It's a versatile choice capable of taking three child seats side-by-side in the back. Petrol models are rare but you should find one with the 1.2 Puretech engine within budget. Alternatively, consider a SEAT Alhambra or the slightly smaller Volkswagen Touran.
What small yet comfortable car would you recommend?
"I have driven a Mercedes S-Class for years, but now that I am in my late 80s I want a smaller car, but with comfort as near the S as possible. Of course it cannot be the same, but what small car, ideally about Polo sized, would you recommend, please? "
Probably a Citroen C4 Picasso 1.2 Puretech 130 EAT6 with 'Advanced Comfort Suspension' and 205/55 R16 tyres. Soft suspension and an excellent new type of seat. But bigger wheels with lower profile tyres spoil the effect. A DS5 or a DS7 take this two stages further but are of course progressively bigger.
My insurance company botched repair work on my car - can you offer some advice?
"I have a Citroen C4 Picasso. It was kerbed and the front section of the nearside sill is badly damaged (metal crushed and torn up as far as to where it meets the inner wing section of frame). My insurance company did a sectional sill repair which was very poor. A complaint about the quality, or rather the lack of quality of the repair by an insurance 'approved' repairer was made, particularly the strange blue weld and carbon deposits. I've had my car inspected by a so-called independent inspector (sourced by and paid for by the repairer). I found it to be a hatchet job on dismissing my concerns about structural damage being caused by poor welding of the sectional repair. Other than poor paint finish, the inspector felt there was no issue, even with crushed sill seams visible, bare metal on the underside visible, gaps in the weld visible, and some sort of blue oxidation and smoke/carbon on the underside of the car where the welding was done. I believe there is repair related damage (heat damage to sill and steel floorpan from welding). How can I test for a heat damaged steel structure? Also should the damaged sill panel, which has had only a sectional repair, have been repaired in full?"
Firstly, in writing, send correspondence to both the repairer and insurer advising you are rejecting goods and services under the 2015 Consumer Act. Arrange to have the vehicle inspected by an "independent expert witness engineer assessor", you can contact the Institute Of Automotive Engineer Assessors and they can advise you of one: http://www.iaea-online.org
Nothing of what you have advised is acceptable in any way. Was the engineer who inspected the vehicle qualified? Present the finding of the report you have carried out to the insurer and advise you will be contacting a solicitor to issue proceedings.