The Citroen C4 Picasso is a bit of a marvel. From the outside, the car looks like a concept car that escaped the design studio while everyone was on lunch. This is a good thing. We are always teased with futuristic-looking concept cars, only to find duller, more conservative versions on showroom floors. Kudos to Citroen for putting something that looks like its from the future, on sale today.
Interior and futuristic technologyAnd then you climb inside. The dashboard is like nothing I've ever seen. A touchscreen and a huge centre display take care of everything. You can even display photos from your last holiday on rotation. Or, more usefully, you can see the car from a bird’s eye view, using clever 360 degree cameras to help you park.
Or, as you'll see in the video, you can just ask the car to park itself. While quite a few cars these days offer this feature, there are a small handful of cars in this price bracket which offer this technology. And the Citroen's tech seems to be very, very good at it, while I have had some cars reverse into curbs.
Not only will the Citroen C4 Picasso parallel park, and reverse alley dock, but it will also exit a parking space for you as well, using its park distance sensors to make sure it doesn't bump into anything.
The first time you experience this, you can't help but smile and laugh like a kid with a new toy. It really is quite creepy watching the steering wheel spin on its own accord. If I had children I would definitely convince them I was controlling the car with my mind.
Specifications and featuresOn top of all this, for about R340 000, your Citroen C4 Picasso comes with one of the best interiors I've come across. The passenger seat has an electric foot rest, both driver and passengers can have a massage and/or heat their seat, and the three individual seats in the rear are all individually adjustable.
The electric tailgate opens to reveal a generous boot, and everything is bathed in natural light by the huge glass moonroof, which has an electric roller blind.
Citroen C4 Picasso EngineAll this and I haven't even mentioned the engine, which is also rather special. A 1.6-litre turbodiesel which Citroen claims an average consumption of 4-litres/100km. Four! Even if you drive like a fool and the consumption doubles, that's still mightily impressive. I was averaging 6.9 litres/100km, which for a car offering this much size and comfort is genuinely impressive.
It's a fascinating new offering from the French, and if you have been procreating, the Citroen C4 Picasso is something you need to look at if you're considering a new family car.