Purchase advice Citroën C4 Picasso

Combo Purchase advice Citroën C4 Picasso

A Citroën is always a little different from the mainstream. If you choose the French Way of Drive, you prefer the Burgundy to the Pils, you wear a beret instead of a baseball cap and you are happy about the persistent image of the revolutionary and intellectual Frenchman. May that be a little bit glorified.

But French automobiles always had a bit of this “comme ci, comme ça” in them. And after two days in Paris, a new car is always a veteran of a parking space problem. This is difficult for the German to understand. This is where the car is looked after, it is washed at least once a week and parking lot scratches are a matter for the lawyer.

However, with the new C4 Picasso, the first Citroën on the PSA Group's new EMP2 platform, the French have now presented a family van that brings new talents. He remains different in the interior, but impresses with excellent choice of materials and Teutonic workmanship. A real alternative for families?

C4 Picasso - French for family vans. A buying guide for the clever new French.

The C4 Picasso is the "short" version of the new family van. It is also available as "Grand Picasso".
The C4 Picasso is the “short” version of the new family van. It is also available as the “Grand Picasso”.
Dimensions
Length Width Height 4.428 x 1.826 x 1.625 mm
Wheelbase: 2.785 mm
seats: 5
Trunk size: 537 liter

 

Engine

 The engine selection

Citroën offers 5 interesting engines for the new C4 Picasso. These include 2 petrol engines and three diesels. One of the petrol engines is a classic petrol engine (VTi 120) and the other a modern turbo direct injection engine (THP155). The diesel versions go from 68 kW to 110 kW. While all diesels (with the exception of the 92 HP basic diesels) have an automatic start & stop, the petrol engines still have to get by without this plus in eco-efficiency.

So far, only the C6 Picasso with the BlueHDI 4 engine has met the important Euro150 standard. The top engine of the series makes 150 PS and 370 Nm force. However, the e-HDi 115 is already particularly attractive and thoroughly blessed with enough power.

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gasolineVTi 120
displacement: 1.598 cc
Power: 120 PS at 6.000 RPM
torque: 160 Nm at 4.250 rpm
Combined with: 5 gear manual transmission
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gasolineTHP 155
displacement: 1.598 cc
Power: 156 PS at 6.000 RPM
torque: 240 Nm at 1.400 rpm
Combined with:6 gear manual transmission
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The basic petrol engine is available in three equipment versions and only available with a manual 5-speed gearbox. The larger of the two petrol engines is also available in three equipment versions, but the equipment level is shifting and while the basic petrol engine is not available as an “Exclusive” (top version), the more powerful petrol engine is not available in the basic version “Attraction” .

The same principle applies to the diesel versions. The HDi 90 is not available as an Exclusive and the BlueHDi 150 is not available as an Attraction.

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DieselHDi 90
displacement: 1.560 cc
Power: 92 PS at 4.00 RPM
torque: 230 Nm at 1.750 rpm
Combined with: 5 gear manual transmission
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Diesele-HDI 115
displacement: 1.560 cc
Power: 116 PS at 3.600 RPM
torque: 270 Nm at 1.750 rpm
Combined with:6 gear manual transmission
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DieselBlueHDI 150
displacement: 1.997 cc
Power: 150 PS at 4.000 RPM
torque: 370 Nm at 2.000 rpm
Combined with: 6 gear manual transmission
Citroën offers three transmission variants. A manual transmission with 6 or 6 gears. An automated 6 gearbox and a classic automatic with 6 gears. However, this converter automatic transmission is only available for the BlueHDi 150. The petrol engine is only available with manual transmissions.
Citroën offers two transmission variants. A manual transmission with 5 or 6 gears. Or an automated 6 gearbox. The petrol engine is only available with manual transmissions.

 consumption Consumption

The consumption values ​​according to the NEDC standard are useful for the sterile comparison of car A with car B. However, this does not say anything about the real consumption values. To get a little light on the dark chapter “Real Consumption”, I'll go to mine own consumption tests. For my own consumption test drives, the C4 Picasso with 116 PS Diesel was available in the Exclusive version. The C4 has once again shown that efficient diesels, the French can do that!  Remarkably good!  

The values ​​taken out are extremely good, even if the sterile EU standard value is missed.

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Everyday driver, without savings

5.5

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Eco expert with a green toe

4.6

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Field service with full throttle desire

6.8

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All figures in liters on 100 kilometers

gear

 Transmission and drive

Switch or let switch? An almost philosophical question for drivers. Personally, I prefer the variant of “letting go” in everyday life and I only want to intervene myself in sporty cars. Of course, an automatic transmission is always also weight and also has an impact on consumption. In my opinion, the French make it extremely easy to make the decision for or against automatic.

The gasoline options are missing from the outset, here are only manual transmission possible. For the diesels it would be possible to get the e-HDI 90 and e-HDI 115 with an automated 6 gearbox. Personally, I am not convinced of automated manual transmissions. The switching breaks too long, the comfort gain is marginal.

Then you'd better trust the manual transmission, shift early and use the available torque for a low-revving. Or thought about the Grand C4 Picasso - here Citroën offers a converter automatic transmission.

My choice is therefore: The French driving style demands a diesel, the desire for long tours and the large interior require a little power - the ideal combination is the e-HDI 115.

The C4 Picasso provokes the long tour. Its chassis tuning is successful and the interior offers plenty of space. Time for a day by the sea, or two.
The C4 Picasso provokes the long tour. Its chassis tuning is successful and the interior offers plenty of space. Time for a day by the sea, or two.

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