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Citroën C4 Picasso Estate review

2013 - 2018 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £17,615 - £28,985
Used prices £2,041 - £12,963
Road tax cost £0 - £210
Insurance group 14 - 25
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 552 - 895 miles
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons

  • Space-age looks
  • Practical
  • Economical
  • Good to drive
  • You may not like space-age looks
  • Fiddly digital control interface
  • Sparse entry-level model
  • 3D tail-lights not standard

Written by James Taylor Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 19 October 2022


There’s no doubting that the latest-generation Citroen C4 Picasso stands out from the crowd. The five-seater MPV has morphed into a futuristic looking machine, with a particularly eye-catching headlight treatment.

Underneath that striking skin it’s built upon a brand new platform which enables more space for luggage and passengers than the previous C4 Picasso.

More interior space

Despite being slightly shorter in overall length than the car it replaces, the Picasso’s front and rear wheels have been spaced further apart to free up more room inside. There’s an extra 40 litres of luggage space in the boot compared with the old car and theres are plenty of neat storage solutions in the cabin.

Rear passengers get three individual seats which can be slid forwards and backwards independently and tilted or folded flat to release more luggage space. The front passenger seat can also be folded flat to allow longer items to be carried.

Relatively small overall dimensions (it’s only around 10cm longer than a Citroen C4 hatchback) and an impressive turning circle make it easy to park and to thread through urban traffic.

The cabin sports a futuristic dashboard design features a digital display split between two screens – a seven-inch touchpad and a 12-inch HD screen. It is controlled by a set of buttons which are a little difficult to fathom, so make sure you’ve got the manual to hand the first time you use it.

Better fuel economy and lower road tax

Although two petrol versions are available, diesel-powered Picassos are expected to make up the bulk of sales. Of the four diesel engines offered, the most popular is expected to be the e-HDi 115 which marries decent performance with a claimed average of more than 70mpg.

Improved aerodynamics and an enormous weight saving of 140kg compared with its predecessor have improved the Picasso’s emissions and economy across the range.

The cleanest engine available is the e-HDi 90 Airdream diesel unit with a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox, which emits only 98g/km of CO2 – a figure which Citroen says is a first for this type of car.