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New Citroen C4 Picasso Hits The Road

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2013's fiver seater Citroen C4 Picasso has gone on sale in the UK with a starting price of £17,500. The line up includes models going up to £24,455 and a seven seater version will arrive next year.

Trim levels are badged VTR, VTR+, Exclusive and the range topper, Exclusive+. All cars in the range get an electric parking brake, front and side curtain airbags, LED DRLs and stability control.

The entry level model comes with standard kit in the form of Bluetooth connectivity, keyless start, cruise control, three individual rear seats with independent recline function, dual zone air conditioning, 16 inch alloy wheels and a seven inch colour infotainment screen. At £17,500 in Vti petrol form, this makes the C4 Picasso entry level model £1,655 cheaper than the equivalent Renault Scenic, although equipment levels are correspondingly lower.

VTR+ customers get automatic sensor headlights and wipers, digital air conditioning, DAB radio, rear parking sensors, a front seat that folds completely flat and extra storage underneath the second row. However, you have to go for Exclusive trim to get integrated satellite navigation, plus a 12 inch HD infotainment screen, cornering headlights, wing mirror kerb lighting, rear reversing camera, keyless entry and start and 17 inch alloys. The Exclusive also comes equipped with the Kids Pack as part of its standard equipment, which adds sun blinds to the rear windows and a back seat monitoring mirror.

Go for the range topping Exclusive+ for a blind spot monitor, radar cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, front parking sensors, parking assist, a powered tailgate and a driver's seat electrical massage function.

The engine range includes two petrol options and three diesels: a 1.6 litre Vti petrol for 118bhp and a pleasingly punchy 154bhp THP version, then an impressively frugal 91bhp 1.6 litre diesel with 98g/km in CO2 emissions and 74.3mpg, an economical 113bhp e-HDi for 104g/km in CO2 and 70.6mpg in automatic transmission form and, finally, a 148bhp Blue Hdi which won't arrive until early next year.

The 113bhp diesel is likely to do the best business for the C4 Picasso in the UK, furnishing a healthy balance of performance and efficiency. The new C4 Picasso is a large step up from the previous mode in terms of quality which, along with Citroen's well known habit of offering generous discounts on the list price and economical performance, should give the small MPV some good traction in the market.

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