New Picasso: a bigger picture
25 September 2006

Citroen is being more Rolf Harris than Pablo Picasso with information about the new C4 Picasso MPV; it is realising a little more information every time we see it until we get the whole picture.

Citroen hasn't released prices yet, but here's what we do know. Sales of the new seven-seat MPV start in France next month, with UK sales early in the new year. The engine line-up has been confirmed as two petrol engines, a 127bhp 1.8i and a 143hp 2.0i, plus two diesels – a 110bhp 1.6HDi and a 138bhp 2.0HDi - both with particulate filter system.

The interior features fold-flat rear seats similar to those in the Vauxhall Zafira. There's a big emphasis on light in the cabin, too , with a vast panoramic windscreen, big glass sunroofs and no fewer than 32 lights. These include automatic lights in the door pockets, lights under the fascia, in the roof and in the back of the front seats. There's also a light in the boot that can be removed and used as a torch.

Another bright idea is a new parking aid system. You simply drive along parallel to an empty space, and the vehicle will let you know if it will fit, and how easily. Alternatively you could always bump-park in the traditional Paris manner.

Prices for the new car are expected to start at around £16,500 – the old Xsara Picasso will continue as a budget model underneath. As soon as we get definite figures we'll put you in the picture.

Our Verdict

Citroën Grand C4 Picasso

The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is a stylish, spacious and well-priced compact MPV with seven seats. Auto 'box is not good and residuals poor

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