With the rear squabs folded flat, you get a massive 640 litres of cargo space. The front passenger seat can also be folded flat so you can carry objects up to 2.5 metres long. But while there are clever storage cubbies spread around the interior, including under the rear floor, the Picasso isn't moving on the design of medium-sized MPVs in any significant way.
It is, though, a thoroughly new vehicle built on PSA's EMP2 platform, which in similar fashion to rival manufacturers, will enable Citroën to more cost effectively spin off a number of different wheelbase platforms for upcoming models. The new car is also a significant 140kgs lighter than the car it replaces.
The Picasso's new platform means that while it is 40mm shorter overall, it gains a significant 55mm of wheelbase. That's led to an increase in rear seat legroom, and while the car's roofline sits 4cm lower than before, headroom all around is still generous, even with the optional panoramic sunroof in place. So in its role as transport for five people and a good amount of luggage, the Picasso scores well.
With its massive front screen and that panoramic sunroof in place, the cabin ambience is light and very airy. The quality of materials and assembly also mirrors Citroën's recent improvements, with a slight caveat over the finish of some lower-dash plastics.
And the stars of the new dashboard are those two digital displays, the larger 12-inch one up top and the 7-inch touchscreen below it. The top display monitors essential car functions such as speed and fuel, and also presents driver-customisable information, while the smaller screen displays the infotainment's functionality.
The Picasso brings some of the latest safety technology to the table, albeit optional on all but the highest-specification models. This includes radar-controlled Active Cruise Control that maintains a constant gap to the car in front, headlights with automatic dim and the Blind Spot Monitoring system with an LED warning in the wing mirrors.
There is also a Lane Departure Warning system that vibrates the driver's seatbelt if he or she wanders over lane markings. That last one proves a bit annoying, to be honest.
As for the trim levels, there are three to choose from - Touch Edition, Feel and Flair. The entry-level Touch Edition models come with 16in alloy wheels, hill start assist and electrically folding wing mirrors on the outside, while inside there is dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and a 7.0-in touchscreen infotainment display complete with DAB radio, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and Apple CarPlay as standard.
Upgrade to a Feel endowed model and you get sat nav, storage under the driver's seat, fron parking sensors and 17in alloy wheels, while the range-topping Flair trim gains 18in alloys, a half-leather interior, panoramic sunroof, a powered tailgate and, keyless entry and start.
As for engines there is two variants of Citroën's 1.2-litre Puretech engine, producing 108bhp and 128bhp respectively, while there are three diesels - 99bhp, 118bhp and 148bhp versions, with each been driven through a six-speed manual, while a few variants can be had alternatively with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
We tried the 118bhp diesel and found it very effective around town in lower gears, but slightly breathless on motorway inclines - lots of cog swapping, in other words. The standard fit manual gearbox is good to use, though, so that's not the hardship it might have been.