Mom mobiles have gotten high tech and fancy, especially when you look at the Citroen C4 Picasso. This car attractive, intelligent, safe and fun. It definitely takes “Mom Cars” to a whole new level of awesome.
The exterior lives up to its arty name with bold modernistic accents leaning towards a futuristic look. This Intensive version adds diode lights, kerb lighting, removable and rechargeable boot light/torch, interior “mood” lighting, retractable rear window-blinds, rear-seat mirror and fog light with cornering function. The C4 comes with uniquely-styled 17 inch alloy wheels shod with Michelin tyres.
The interior is classy, elegant, neat and tidy. It is also very modern with a host of nifty gadgets that will have you wondering when cars became clever. There are multiple buttons on the steering wheel for the audio system, the cruise control and speed limiter. On the multi-purpose 7 inch touch screen you’ll find the satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, USB connectivity, Bluetooth with media streaming and an additional USB socket all within a finger’s reach. This 12 inch panoramic HD screen displays essential driving information.
This particular model has the optional exclusive Lounge Pack – the front seats are electronically adjustable, they have a massage function and seat warmers and the passenger gets to recline with a retractable footrest.
The C4 is powered by a 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The engine produces 85kW of power and 270Nm of torque. It’s smooth and engaging and it’s definitely the sort of car that makes a driving experience enjoyable. The positioning of the steering wheel takes a bit of time to get used to, especially when you’re used to having your instrument panel right in front of you, but with the massive windscreen, it makes sense to have it where it is in the centre of the dashboard. Driving the C4 is like watching a 3D movie – the car frames each “picture” that you drive passed.
The facia is equipped with a 17cm touch screen though it can be fitted with an optional 30cm HD version. The screen has satnav, aircon and audio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The screen offers drivers the options of displaying a personal photo as a screen backdrop. They’ve thrown in cruise control, an electric handbrake, hill-start assistance and auto headlights as standard.
We all know how the majority of people struggle with reverse parking and parallel parking – this smart C4 is equipped with parking assistance and parallel parking assistance. The car actually tells you what to do while you let go of the wheel and only have to control the accelerator and clutch. It makes the difficult parking gaps a lot easier to take on and you feel like you’re in a Transformer while it spins the wheel for you.
Safety-wise, it has anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, emergency braking assistance, electronic stability and traction control, six airbags and a flat tyre warning. It also has a lane change warning feature where the driver’s seatbelt will alert you when you are straying out of the lanes without using your indicators. This is a handy feature for when your attention wanders. It will automatically activate the hazard warning lights when the brakes are being sharply applied, to warn followers of your sudden braking.
C4 Picasso Intensive wears a pricetag of R345 900. The Citroen C4 Picasso is sold with a three-year or 100 000km warranty, five-year or 100 000km service plan, three years of 24-hour roadside assistance. The warranty can be extended to five-years or 100 000km.