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New Citroen C4 Picasso From July

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A well thought out new Citroen C4 Picasso is due in showrooms for July, more lithe and sporty than the Grand Picasso variant, for which an update will follow in January 2014. Citroen's design team has come up with a bold new front end, while the technical team has shaved 140kg of weight off the previous model to improve fuel economy and performance.

The new C4 Picasso has received the Tardis treatment – on the outside it is smaller than its predecessor but some clever planning has increased booth capacity from 500 to 537 litres, beating the rival Ford C-Max by about 60 litres. The three rear seats can be operated independently to slide backward and forward, recline or fold flat and benefit from a level floor, rather than the central hump that reduces comfort for central rear passengers in so many other MPVs. All three places are also ISOFIX equipped, which is excellent for families.

Both driver and passenger seats are spacious, with plenty of head and legroom even for taller occupants, but outer rear passengers could find the inward sloping side pillars create a claustrophobic effect. By contrast, occupants in front benefit from plenty of glass and adjustment options. A very modern, asymmetric dashboard both looks neat and is user friendly, with a touchscreen interface for all the main functions.

Alloy wheels come as standard, as does Bluetooth connectivity. Plusher varieties will get a DAB stereo while range topping models will be rammed with comfort and convenience features. Options include larger wheels and xenon headlights.

The C4's range of 1.6 litre petrol and diesel engines includes an e-HDi 115 diesel unit that the company predicts will be its UK top seller. The entry level 91bhp e-HDi 90 will return 74.3mpg and 98g/km of CO2 but is rather ponderous, while the speediest variant is the 154bhp THP 155 at 9.0 seconds to 62mph and a 130mph top speed. A Blue Hdi engine with 148bhp with CO2 emissions of 110g/km will arrive next year.

Citroen has yet to confirm exact pricing, but has hinted £17,500 for the entry level petrol unit, with the diesels a little more expensive. If so, the C4 Picasso will cost more than its rival, the Ford C-Max, but would make up for it with better fuel economy and lower emissions, in line with its other rival, the Renault Scenic 1.5 dCi.

Overall, the C4 Picasso boasts better looks and practicality than either of its main rivals, so those looking for a five seat MPV would be wise to hang on until its arrival.

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