Light and efficient Picasso arrives

Light and efficient Picasso arrives

Citroen is about to unveil its radical new C4 Picasso, with the family-sized MPV now arriving in dealerships across the UK.

The Picasso is the first car in the group to use the company's new mid-size Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2) chassis, and has new styling that also sets it apart from any other MPV.

Driving dynamics and efficiency have been improved with the 140kg weight loss, compared to its predecessor, mainly attributed to the new chassis. The C4 now weighs the same as the smaller C3 Picasso.

Tests saw the C4 Picasso's fuel consumption achieve 74.3mpg, and while road users should not expect to achieve this in real world use, they do benefit from the C4 Picasso becoming the first conventional internal combustion-powered compact MPV to dip below the 100g/km free road tax threshold.

The car is targeted at families that prioritise space, running costs and safety. An exceptionally light and airy feel is also created by a 'loft-style' interior, which provides a panoramic windscreen as standard, and an optional large sunroof. The entry-level £17,500 model is a VTR grade car with a 118bhp 1.6-litre VTi petrol. An extra £695 buys an 89bhp diesel, withcar insurance and breakdown cover available for all models. Experts expect the most popular model to be the e-HDi 115 VTR+, at £20,255.

Copyright Press Association 2013