2009 Citroen C4 Picasso VTR+ 1.6 HDi EGS turbo diesel
Great design, let down by cheap execution
Engine management fault requiring new unit, plus replacement of part of the fuel system.
Electric window switches work randomly.
Boot interior panel detaches.
3rd row seat fold mechanism jammed.
Turbo wastegate sticks, causing loss of all engine power.
This car was bought to replace a much loved Ford Galaxy, but hasn't inspired the same loyalty and frequently succumbs to catastrophic faults.
Interior space is very good, with a light and airy cabin, clever seat folding mechanisms and some really good design features, such as the column-mounted gear-change and dash-mounted electronic handbrake, meaning no obstructions between the front seats.
Compared to the Galaxy however, all of the interior materials feel cheap and brittle, and some of the (plastic) exterior panels bend disconcertingly if leant on.
The EGS gearbox is handy for traffic and being lazy, but is slow to change gear at low speed and takes some getting used to. The gearbox suits the car, as the soft suspension and weight means spirited driving is joyless anyway.
Headlights are brilliant and there is a fair amount of storage around the cabin, but the glove box and dash-top compartments are oddly shaped and difficult to fit large items in.
The large windscreen gives great visibility, and the clever slide and fold sunshades prevent glare on sunny days.
Fuel economy has been great, around 50 MPG in a mix of commuting, trips into town and longer runs to the coast.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th October, 2015