The age of technology! Advancing ever so quickly, The Team at Citroen bring you their new 2015 C4 Picasso packed with tech. I had the privileged chance to drive one of these stylish MPV’s and to my amazement I really enjoyed every bit of it.
The Power and Economy
Being a larger vehicle, at first impression one would think it’s another sluggish MPV however the model I had, utilized the 1.6ltr e-HDi 85 kW and 270 Nm engine which had more than enough power to be nippy when needed. Another option on offer is the 1.6ltr e-THP 121kw. With the C4 having a diesel power, torque is in abundance especially when cruising on the highway in 6th gear. The refined technology in the C4’s e-HDi engine delivers a refreshing balance between economy and power and accompanied by lighter but stronger body panels, only makes this car more fun.
With a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 11.8 seconds, Economy is claimed at 4l/100km, but in reality you can expect about 5.5l/100km if you’re a sensible driver. C4 comes with a 55ltr fuel tank for those long trips and with the experienced economy, JHB to DBN in a single take would be easy as pie.
The Drive and Comfort
Let’s face it, with the state of our roads these days, a solid and comfortable drive is what most people long for especially when mom is doing all the driving. With this, Citroen has really out done themselves. A feel of relaxation and luxurious comfort, at any given time is what really stood out for me. Whether it be on the way to the office or a quick drive to the shops, the pleasantly smooth drive and classiness of the C4 gives you a sense of heightened sophistication. Not to mention its stylish good looks that have people admiring with fascination as you drive by. In Teles Blue Metallic and with the 17” anaconda alloy wheels, The C4 Picasso’s really looks the part of a modern day MPV.
Space is one thing the C4 has in loads. Thanks to its unique 2m² wide-angle panoramic windscreen C4 Picasso delivers exceptional visibility and an incomparable impression of space. The Boot volume is a decent 537ltrs and with the rear seats down there is a remarkable 1851ltrs of loading space.
Being a tech guy, I was impressed with an array of technology and features fitted to the Citroen C4 Picasso. The car is available in two versions. The differences are in terms of technology specification and wheel size. The options are, The Seduction manual, Intensive Manual and auto. Standard gear includes cruise control, electric handbrake, hill-start assistance and auto headlights. For further information about the C4 Picasso’s specs and features click here
The model which I had was equipped with a comfort pack. Features included, Heated seats, passenger leg rest, Satellite Navigation (displayed on 7″ touch drive and also 12″ HD display, Auto rear tailgate (with programmable opening height memory) and Park Assist with 360° camera which I found very amusing as the local car guards watched in awwww as the car parked itself.
Citroen has a comprehensive three-year or 100 000 km warranty, five-year or 100 000 km service plan and three year’s worth of 24-hour roadside assistance. One can also opt for Citroen Freedrive, a five-year or 100 00 km warranty and a five-year or 100 000 km maintenance plan to keep your C4 in Picasso condition.
The C4 is now retailing from R329,900*