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24th May, 2010

Along with the Volkswagen Caddy Life (diesel), the very useful and successful Dodge Journey (diesel), the tidy Kia Rondo (petrol) and the new Hyundai iMax (diesel), the 2010 Citroen C4 Picasso is one of the most economical seven seat people mover on the Australian market. Like many cars, the C4 Picasso meets safety standards with a five star EuroNCAP rating and, as would be expected of Citroen’s intelligent designs, offers the versatility and flexibility that makes it an ideal family car.

“The new Citroen C4 Picasso is everything a family could want in a people mover,” says Miles Williams, General Manager for Citroen in Australia. “With a combined fuel consumption figure of just 6.0 litres per 100 km, it has the ability to beat many small cars, let alone its seven seat people mover rivals. It has benchmark safety and emission performance and it keeps all the family friendly features that have made it an award winning people mover.”

Based on the Citroën C4, the C4 Picasso occupies little more road space than a small hatchback. This makes it easy to drive and park, and ensures a light environment 'footprint', with its diesel engine returning a remarkable open road average of just 5.0 litres/100 km with emissions further enhanced by a standard particulate filter and a CO2 figure of just 153 g/km.

Yet, for all its compact exterior dimensions, the Citroën C4 Picasso matches – and often beats – what many people want from a 4WD: Space and flexibility. Inside there are seven individual seats. The rear most row of seats fold flat into the floor, the middle row fold forward and both rear seat rows can slide fore and aft for added flexibility. With the seats folded, load compartment space climbs to nearly two cubic metres, while standard roof rails add even further to the load-carrying abilities of the Citroën C4. The height of the C4 Picasso also means that it offers the same driver’s eyeline that is enjoyed by some small 4WD owners.

But form has not been abandoned to meet the needs of function.

The Citroën C4 is anything but utilitarian in its looks or the pleasure it provides to its users. Designated a “Visiospace” by Citroën, its glass area is simply the largest in its class, with a windscreen that extends into the roof as well wide and deep side windows combining to make the interior light, bright and welcoming, as well as combining with the sleek nose to provide the C4 Picasso a unique appearance. Inside the clean, uncluttered dashboard, the ‘fixed hub’ steering wheel produces an interior that is inviting.

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The cream on the cake (so to speak) for the Citroën C4 Picasso is the long list of features and standard equipment that make using the French car convenient, easy and safe. These include a detachable rechargeable torch in the boot, a drinks cooler in the dashboard, picnic tables for the middle seat row, power points front and rear, under floor lockers amongst a long list of stowage spots, key operated headlights, lights and wipers that operate themselves when needed and side window blinds.

As would be expected from a car maker that has set the standard for safety and security, the C4 Picasso has the highest rating for safety, the Euro-NCAP five star rating. On the basis that it is better to avoid an accident, it also has ABS brakes with EBA and EBD, ESP and traction control, not to mention a chassis that comes from Citroën’s world beating rally programme, so it is quick, agile and responsive on the road.

“The C4 Picasso is a car full of superlatives,” says Miles Williams, General Manager for Citroen in Australia. “The biggest windscreen in its class forms part of the largest glazed area; the least cluttered dashboard design is complemented the simplest folding rear seating system contributes that to the boot volume; there are class-leading levels of elbowroom and the best all-round visibility, while for added reassurance the C4 Picasso has recorded the highest EuroNCAP score for adult occupant protection. And, for 2010 we have added class leading fuel economy.”

The 2010 Citroen C4 Picasso is now available in just one advanced version, fitted with a 100 kW Turbo Diesel engine matched to the new six speed EGS that has already proven a success in the Citroen C4 range with a manufacturer's list price (MLP) of $45,990 excluding statutory charges and dealer delivery costs.

“When we launched the Citroen C4 Picasso we said that it is truly the family car for the 21st Century,” says Mr Williams. “With the 2010 version, this position is reconfirmed, thanks to its enhanced emissions and fuel consumption reduction. It maintains everything that families really need in a car, space, versatility, safety and security, but it does it within a package that is more compact, more economical and more environmentally friendly than the sort of cars that many families presently use. The fact that it is also stunning to look at, welcoming and pleasant to use, agile and fun to drive simply demonstrates that it is the new definition of a family car.”


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