Let’s talk cars. Believe it or not I only actually learned to drive when pregnant with Mini who is ten. Since then I have had three cars, each and every one of them French! I started off with a Peugeot 307 estate, then moved on to a Renault Grand Scenic and then downsized to a Citroën C3, which is five years old and called the snot rod. So what is it that Mum’s look for in a car?
For everyone I asked safety was first and foremost in their mind and then there were lots of other things including cup holders, boot space, getting car seats in and then fuel consumption. I have just had an extended test drive of Citroën C4 Picasso, to put it through its paces and see how it is as a family car and I have to say we really didn’t want to give it back!
Citroën C4 Picasso Overview
Citroën C4 Picasso is a five-seat family car and is remarkably spacious, perfect for family motoring, especially as it has three full sized seats (with Isofix) in the rear. It is jam packed with innovative technology to make everyone’s life easier, which was simple to use and made driving effortless. The model I test drove had the 120 bsp start-stop 6-speed diesel engine and it was a real joy to drive with plenty of power (torque for the technical people) in the lower end giving it great acceleration.
Let’s talk technology
My current Citroën C3 is five years old and the technological difference in the two cars is vast. What really stood out for me was the ease of use of all the innovative technology. It really was intuitive and I paired my phone within minutes and loved the apple car play as did the boys! The Satellite Navigation never failed us and we used it for city driving, country driving and for locating points of interest, plus you can use voice activation too.
I was a little concerned that it is a lot larger than I have been used to driving, but I needn’t have worried myself thanks to rear parking camera and front and rear parking sensors. I even managed to park in a tiny city centre parking space in Newcastle.
I loved all the little touches, such as the fact the side mirrors dip automatically when you pop Citroën C4 Picasso into reverse and there is a blind spot warning light on the wing mirrors for overtaking.
Citroën C4 Picasso What I loved:
- The front seats feature electric massage and adjustable lumber support and there is an electrically adjustable footrest for the front passenger (which effectively became known as the dentist’s chair here, which the boys fought over).
- The headrests at the front have little wings making them more supportive (think aircraft headrests) and perfect for passengers like me who like to catch up on their sleep!
- There are plenty of power sockets. One in the front, plus a USB socket and one in the centre console at the rear and also an additional one at the shoulder of one of the rear seats. Perfect for charging phones and tablets or for putting a powered cool box in the boot.
- The panoramic roof. This makes the new Citroën C4 Picasso seem much more spacious and lets in lots of light, but don’t worry if you have kids on their tablets in the rear it has an electric blind and the rear windows came with blinds too, perfect for sleeping babies.
- Hands Free Tailgate – this is just genius – as I try to demonstrate in the video below! If you have your hands full and the keys in your handbag, don’t worry you can open the boot by swiping your foot under it and close it the same way or with the push of a button. Oh and no screaming at the kids to watch their head as it can beep as it closes and it will stop if it senses an obstruction.
- Fuel consumption. Over the weekend we did a variety of driving from city centre, to over the North York Moors. We also drove to Whitby and took Maxi to football. The average fuel consumption was nearly 50 mpg, which I thought was ace. This is achieved using start-stop and also by having the best in class diesel engine out there. It really is a versatile car and performs well from a driving perspective in every situation.
- It is the little touches that made it for me such as the second smaller mirror, so I could clearly see what was going on in the rear. It enabled me to concentrate on the driving.
Citroën C4 Picasso What the kids loved:
- Legroom – The New Citroën C4 Picasso is really roomy and has lots of legroom in the rear without compromising on space in the front or in the boot.
- The panoramic sunroof. Not only does it allow more light into the rear during the day, but it allows for viewing planes and also star gazing at night!
- The pull-down tables. These have an indentation for cups, have a light and elastic to hold things. They are really strong.
- There is air conditioning in the rear. The boys both loved this as it gave them a sense of independence and control of their environment.
- Blinds on the rear windows. There were no complaints about not being able to see their screens.
- Storage – there were little cubbies under the mats at the rear so they could store things out of sight. They also liked the nets on the rear of the front seats perfect for storage.
- Technology. They loved being able to blue tooth their phones and play their music and that fact that the sat nav screen was really visible to them. Kids love sat navs or at least mine do! Plus the keyless entry really tickled them too!
We really loved our experience with Citroën C4 Picasso. It has everything I look for in a family car and we have really missed it since giving it back. I was amazed at how much technology has come on since I bought my last car and just how much easier it makes driving, especially when you have children in the rear. I carry my most precious cargo (the kids) in the car with me most of the time and for me, their safety is key, which is why I loved all the additional driver safety features. If you are in the market for a new family car, then my first port of call would be to check out Citroën C4 Picasso. It is certainly on my wish list and comes highly recommended from me and the rest of the family.
See what the other Mum’s thought of Citroën C4 Picasso here.