The Citroën C4 Picasso is a larger, roomier version of Citroën’s C4 hatchback, conceived to sit as a halfway house between the C-segment hatch and the considerably larger seven-seater Grand Picasso. But while a new C4 hatch was launched at the end of 2010, this Picasso remains based on the previous-generation C4.
In truth, however, the ‘all-new’ C4 hatch wasn’t all that all-new, and it still shares some of the mechanical underpinnings with the previous generation hatch. Which means, then, that this C4 Picasso isn’t trailing so far behind from an engineering point of view.
Taking the seven-seat Grand Picasso as its exterior template, the C4 Picasso is 12cm shorter, does away with the third row of seats and has mildly revised suspension.
Past the A-pillar, it's got a completely different body shape from the seven-seater, and has a tailgate with a twin-hatch opening. The car's boot is fitted with a removable ‘Modubox’, which essentially serves as a grandma-style shopping trolley in disguise.
The C4 Picasso’s trim levels follow Citroën’s current convention of VTR, VTR+ and Exclusive, with the flagship 2.0-litre diesel Exclusive receiving a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox, pneumatic rear suspension (which can be used to lower the boot loading deck) 18-inch alloys and bigger, more comfortable seats.