The Citroen C4 Picasso was crowned the winner of the Family Car category in the first annual Cars.co.za Consumer Awards, announced on the 14th of January 2016 in Johannesburg.
The typical family car fulfils a wide variety of duties and needs to be a practical, safe all-rounder. The winner of this category should be ideal not only for the morning school run, but also the school holiday run to a distant location. In judging this category we’ve placed particular emphasis on interior flexibility, comfort and safety.
It should not cost more than R350 000 (at the time of semi-finalist shortlisting in June 2015) including the cost of all necessary optional extras. It must be packed with safety features such as ESP, have a minimum of six airbags, and have ABS braking. Another major prerequisite is the fitment of split/folding rear seats.
Why did the Citroen C4 Picasso e-HDI Intensive win?
The Citroën C4 Picasso is the oddball in this trio thanks to its quirky styling. It also goes up against the Nissan X-Trail and the Volkswagen Golf SV - both of which are formidable opponents. Powering the Citroën C4 Picasso is one of those sweet turbodiesels that the French marques are so famous for. It is only 1,6-litres in size, but still delivers 85 kW and a meaty 270 Nm of torque from 1 750 rpm, promising great flexibility. The big feather in its cap is the 4L/100km fuel economy consumption claim.
The C4 Picasso represents everything that is exceptional about MPV packaging. Not only is the boot big (537 L) with the rear seats moved all the way back, but it can grow to 630 L by pushing the seats forward if rear legroom is not that important. The rear seats are three individual chairs that can be folded in multiple ways to further boost flexibility. Folded out of the way, a total of 1 851 L storage space is on offer. There are also storage trays under both front seats as well as rear underfloor storage boxes.
Peugeot Citroën South Africa Public Relations Manager Toni Herbst receives the trophy from Cars.co.za co-founder Alastair McMurray.
Besides the benefits afforded by the spaciousness of the cabin, Citroën’s attention to detail and generous standard specification levels further contribute to all-round comfort levels. Both front seats offer height adjustment, while a raft of features including auto lights, rain-sensing wipers, satellite navigation and ventilation outlets for rear passengers make for a very pleasant cabin environment indeed. Hit the long road and there’s also an excellent info-tainment system on offer, boasting 8Gb of music storage.
The C4 Picasso benefits from most of the modern safety features. Besides six airbags, Isofix child seat anchors and electronic stability control, it also features hill-start assist, front/rear park sensors and a rear-view camera. Spend extra and you can also get Park Assist with a 360-degree camera.
Opinion From The Judges
“I like what Citroën has done here – true individualism married with great practicality.” Hannes Oosthuizen
“This C4 Picasso has to be one of the most fun cars to look at and play around with once you sit in it. There’s loads of useful tech, comfort and roominess.” Ashley Oldfield
“If there was an award for most futuristic-looking car, this would win. There’s nothing quite like it and the rest of the package is pretty decent too. There’s a lot of tech in here, as well as plenty of interior space. It’s a fantastic interpretation of a family car.” David Taylor