Citroën C4 Picasso

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Citroën C4 Picasso
Citroen C4 Picasso front-2.jpg
Manufacturer Citroën
Also called Citroën Grand C4 Picasso
Production 2006–present
Assembly Vigo PSA Factory, Vigo, Spain
Designer Donato Coco
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV
Body style 5-door MPV
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Platform PSA PF2 platform
Related Citroën C3 Picasso
Citroën C4 / Aircross
Engine Petrol:
1.6-litre I4
1.8-litre I4
2.0-litre I4
1.6-litre I4
2.0-litre I4
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,730 mm (107.5 in)
Length C4 Picasso: 4,470 mm (176.0 in)
Grand C4 Picasso: 4,590 mm (180.7 in)
Width 1,830 mm (72.0 in)
Height 1,690 mm (66.5 in)

The Citroën C4 Picasso is a compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), available as a five-seater and a seven-seater version, called the Grand C4 Picasso,[1] produced by French manufacturer Citroën. The seven-seat Grand C4 Picasso made its debut first, at the Paris Motor Show in September 2006, with the five-seat version following in January 2007.

The C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso were designed by Donato Coco for the French manufacturer Citroën and share the same platform and engines with the Citroën C4 and the Peugeot 307. The C4 Picasso is the luxurious alternative to the budget Citroën Xsara Picasso, another vehicle in Citroën's MPV line-up.[2]

Both the C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso are produced at the Vigo PSA Factory in Spain.[3]

First generation (2006-2013)[edit]

The first generation Grand C4 Picasso, a seven-seater, was launched in November 2006[4] and produced until 2013, when the Second generation took over. The vehicle shares the same platform and range of engines as the Citroën C4 I and Peugeot 307.[5]

The five seater C4 Picasso was officially unveiled early in January 2007,[6] launched in February,[4] and was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Both vehicles feature a large panoramic windscreen and thin door pillars to enhance the driver's field of vision, eliminate blind spots, and increase the amount of light inside the front cabin. In addition to the front sun visors both vehicles have two blinds attached to further reduce glare and unwelcome lights for the driver and front passenger.

The Grand C4 Picasso with an extra row of seats and different styling.

The Grand C4 Picasso is slightly larger than its nearest seven-seat MPV competitors like the Mazda5 and Opel/Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, and larger than earlier large MPVs such as the Citroën Evasion and Opel Sintra.

The vehicle has 500-litres of boot capacity[5] and 1,951-litres with all rear seats down.[7]

Rear parking sensors are available only on the Exclusive trim.[8]

A pneumatic rear suspension is available as an option which make the ride smoother and can lower the sill. In some markets this option is only available on higher trim levels., in their review, called the vehicle worse than the Ford C-Max MPV.[5]


  • Attraction
  • Business+
  • Comfort
  • Edition
  • Exclusive - The high-end offering from Citroën with the largest range of features and highest prices. In addition to the standard features it includes: bi-Xenon directional headlamps, velvet seats with adjustable lumbar support, a panoramic roof (optional for all models) and laminated and tinted windows, and can detect and inform the driver when the tyres are under-inflated. It also has the options of metallic paint and leather interior styling.[9]
  • Exclusive+
  • Intensive
  • Lounge
  • LX
  • Platinum
  • SX
  • VTR
  • VTR+

Limited and Special Edition[edit]

  • Millennium

Design and features[edit]



Some of the C4 Picasso models feature Citroën's new 6-speed manual gearbox, Efficient Tronic Gearbox 6-speed (ETG6). It allows the driver to switch, at any time, between manual and automatic.[25]

The four-speed automatic, six-speed ETG and six-speed automatic transmissions have two shifting options of either the fully automated/automatic mode or the paddle-shifted manual mode, chosen by a column mounted mode selector. The ETG/automatic gearbox also brings with it an air conditioned storage compartment (fridge) including can holders, between the driver's and the front passenger's seat, where the manual transmission lever would usually be.

The 2-litre engine[which?] features a start-stop system, and the automatic gearbox has a manual override with Formula One styled Semi-automatic transmission.

The consensus between reviews is negative towards the 6-speed automatic gearbox. Auto Trader's review called it "jerky" and slow to react to a gear change,[8] while called it "poor".[5]


Euro NCAP test results
First generation (LHD) (2006)[26]
Test Score Rating
Adult occupant: 35 5 /5 stars
Child occupant: 34 3 /5 stars
Pedestrian: 16 2 /4 stars
Euro NCAP test results
First generation retest (LHD) (2009)[27]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 31 87%
Child occupant: 38 78%
Pedestrian: 16 46%
Safety assist: 6 89%
Euro NCAP test results
Second generation (LHD) (2013)[28]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 31 86%
Child occupant: 44 88%
Pedestrian: 25 68%
Safety assist: 7 81%

The first generation C4 Picasso to be tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) was a Left-hand drive 2006 model. It received an overall five star rating due to the design and range of default safety features, including: front airbags for the driver and passenger, a driver's knee airbag, side body airbags, and side head airbags. The vehicle was penalised in the crash tests for the risk of leg injuries caused by the dashboard, and for chest injuries to the driver in a side impact. In the front impact test the child restraint in the back seat tipped forward, striking the dummy infant's head on the driver's seat, and lost all head protection points for the dummy.[26]

The Second generation C4 Picasso has six airbags by default, with adjustable pressures; two airbags for the front, two lateral for the passengers, and two side curtain airbags to prevent head injuries.[29]


Scoring 111 points on the UK Reliability index, the C4 Picasso is considered unreliable when compared to the average vehicle score of 100, while a very reliable vehicle scores 60 or below. The average age and repair cost of the tested C4 Picassos was 40 months and GB£325. 58.62% of the repair costs were attributed to the axles and suspension, while air conditioning and transmission repairs were rare and featured at the bottom of the list at 0% each.[30]

Between October 2010 and September 2011 the MOT test pass rate for the C4 Picasso was 71.2%, compared to the 56.8% average for all Citroën vehicles. Service intervals are every 12,500-20,000 miles (depending on engine) or 2 years, whichever happens first.[31]


Multiple C4 Picasso recalls have been announced by Citroën since 2006. These have been focused on a small number of vehicles mostly, with the exceptions being:

  • A faulty electric brake cable. 9,348 vehicles recalled in November 2008.
  • Incorrect fitting of an engine relay unit. 6,031 vehicles recalled in December 2008.
  • A malfunctioning vacuum pump valve, responsible for braking assistance. 20,063 vehicles recalled in December 2010.
  • A faulty parking brake cable. 8,230 vehicles recalled in April 2011.[30]

Second generation (2013–present)[edit]

Citroën C4 Picasso
Citroen C4-Picasso Mk2 Front.JPG
Manufacturer Citroën
Also called Citroën Grand C4 Picasso
Production 2013–present
Assembly Vigo PSA Factory, Vigo, Spain
Designer Fréderic Soubirou
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV
Body style 5-door MPV
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Platform PSA EMP2 platform
Engine Petrol:
1.6-litre I4
1.6-litre I4
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase C4 Picasso: 2,785 mm (109.6 in)
Length C4 Picasso: 4,428 mm (174.3 in)
Width C4 Picasso: 1,826 mm (71.9 in) 2,117 mm (83.3 in) inc mirrors
Height C4 Picasso: 1,610 or 1,625 mm (63.4 or 64.0 in)
The Second generation Grand C4 Picasso with updated chevron branding.

The Second generation C4 Picasso was unveiled in March 2013 as the Citroën Technospace concept at the Geneva Motor Show.[32][33]

The new C4 Picasso is built on the PSA EMP2 platform, which it shares with other PSA vehicles, including the Peugeot 308, successor to the Peugeot 307. Since the EMP2 platform is considerably lighter than the First generation's PF2, the C4 Picasso boasts a lower weight than the smaller Citroën C3 Picasso MPV.[34]

The Second generation of the C4 Picasso has a 537-litre boot capacity, increasing to 630-litres with the three rear seats downright. The passenger front seat also folds flat, enabling the vehicle to transport objects up to 2.5 metres in length.[35]

Depending on country, the available features and equipment vary accordingly, Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs) above the headlamps are standard in all EU markets. The vehicle also boasts a wide array of features including: Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Emergency Braking Assistance (EBA), Intelligent Traction Control (ITC), and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Further, the vehicle also has an upgraded lane departure warning system (LDWS) over the previous generation, utilising digital imaging and line recognition to vibrate the front seatbelts in Exclusive+ models and warn of a lane change at low speed. This gives the possibility to wake or alert a sleeping or distracted driver. The C4 Picasso gained a back-up rear view camera, and an optional 360 degree panoramic vision system which consists of four wide angle cameras fitted in the front, the rear door, and the side mirrors to eliminate blind spots and aid parking. A parking assistance system is also optional on the Piccaso, which with the help of mounted ultrasonic sensors can determine a suitable parking space for a semi-automatic parking experience. This same bumper-mounted radar system is utilised for the Active Cruise Control (ACC) feature on the Exclusive+ trim. The radar is able to detect the distance and speed of vehicles and slow the vehicle or brake if necessary to avoid a collision.[29] The dashboard user interface was also upgraded, now featuring a 12 inch panoramic color display which allows for the display of navigation, and other road assistance tools, with a degree of customization. The car also received a touch sensitive 7" tablet to control the navigation system, carkit, multimedia system and other infotainment features. The audio system features an 8 speaker JBL system powered by a dedicated custom designed amplifier, unlike most other Citroen cars that feature a Denon audio system.[citation needed]

Reviewers overall were impressed with the large five-metre squared space inside the vehicle, surrounded by large windows and thin door pillars. were critical of the ETG6 gearbox, echoing previous criticisms from other reviewers, but praised the new platform for absorbing road imperfections easily and improving the driving experience.[34]

Sales and production figures[edit]

Year Worldwide production Worldwide sales Notes
2009 133,800[36] 143,800[36]
2010 126,800[36] 128,800[36]
2011 TBA 116,927[4]
2012 TBA 82,900[37]

See also[edit]


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  26. ^ a b "Euro NCAP results for First generation (LHD)". 2006. 
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