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The Wheel Deal: This Picasso is picture perfect

CAR OF THE WEEK: Citroen C4 Picasso Flair Puretech, price range: £25,785

WHEN THE new Citroën C4 Picasso arrived on my drive I must say I was pleasantly taken aback.

As far as Multi Purpose Vehicles (MPVs) go, the Citroen C4 Picasso takes the crown in the beauty pageant. Its curvy lines and Lazuli Blue metallic paint was eye-catching. This latest C4 Picasso has shrugged off a previously dowdy image and now brings you the essence of Citroën design and technological innovation. You can see it in the bold dynamic lines and the unmistakable light signature both front and rear.

Inside, new levels of comfort and versatility combine to create an engaging and inspiring place for all passengers.

The latest C4 Picasso was the first car to be based on PSA Peugeot-Citroen’s EMP2 platform. This new technology helps reduce the car’s weight by 140kg to a total of just 1,252kg – the same as the smaller C3 Picasso, which sits below the C4 Picasso in Citroen’s burgeoning range.

Using technology that creates a deep 3D effect, the stunning new rear lights are standard on new Citroën C4 Picasso. They’re a bold example of the car’s new design. To perfectly complement the new rich Lazuli Blue body colour, this impressive vehicle now features stylish black 17- inch alloy wheels.

There’s a host of engines to choose from. My evaluation car had the three cylinder inline transverse (1,199cc) with turbocharge and it moved like a dream. There is lots of space in the cabin which is helped by a gigantic centre console. There is no traditional gear stick and handbrake, rather you change gears via a lever that is just in front of the lever that control the windscreen wipers.

The panoramic windscreen and thin A-pillars offer unparalleled visibility, although the multitude of controls on the steering wheel can be a touch confusing.

The French manufacturer has used space creatively. The Citroën C4 Picasso’s boot capacity is a very generous 537 litres, but this grows to 630 litres when you fold the rear seats down.

In addition, you can enjoy one of many useful innovations - the hands-free tailgate (available as standard on Flair). Approach the car with your hands full and all you have to do to get access to the boot is move your foot in front of the sensor mounted under the rear bumper and the tailgate will open or close. Loading just became hassle-free.

Through the clear, smart phone inspired 7-inch Touch Drive interface, you can instantly access all the information offered by a new 3D navigation system: Citroën Connect Nav. With a comprehensive range of real time navigation details, the system includes an interactive map. For more safety it can be operated by voice control.

There is much to admire about this French fancy including an active lane departure warning system, active blind-spot monitoring, an active safety brake and a useful speed limit recognition system.

Yes, it’s expensive but it should prove worth it.

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