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Citroën C4 Picasso

Citroën C4 Picasso
Manufacturer Citroën
Also called Citroën Grand C4 Picasso
Production 2006–present

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.

Both the C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso are produced at the Vigo PSA Factory in Spain.[2]


  • First generation (2006–2013) 1
    • Safety 1.1
    • Reliability 1.2
  • Second generation (2013–present) 2
    • Safety 2.1
    • Transmissions 2.2
  • Engines 3
  • Sales and production figures 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

First generation (2006–2013)

Citroën C4 Picasso
Manufacturer Citroën
Also called Citroën Grand C4 Picasso
Production 2006–2013
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)
Predecessor Citroën Xsara Picasso

The first generation Grand C4 Picasso, a seven-seater, was launched in November 2006[3] 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.[4]

The five-seater C4 Picasso was officially unveiled early in January 2007,[5] launched in February,[3] 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 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[4] and 1,951-litres with all rear seats down.[6]

Rear parking sensors are available only on the Exclusive trim.[7]

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.


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.[8]


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.[9]

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.[10]

Second generation (2013–present)

Citroën C4 Picasso
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)
Citroën C4 Picasso

The second generation C4 Picasso was unveiled in March 2013 as the Citroën Technospace concept at the Geneva Motor Show.[11][12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15] 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.

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.[13]


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.[15]


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.[16]

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 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,[7] while called it "poor".[4]


Engine range and spec
Model Year Engine code Displacement
(cc, cu in)
Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(0–62 mph) (seconds)
Top speed Transmission CO2 emissions
Petrol engines
1.6-litre VTi 16v 2006–present EP6 1,598 (98) 89 kW; 122 PS (120 bhp) 160 N·m (118 lb·ft) 12.1 187 km/h (116 mph) 5-speed manual 145
1.6-litre THP 16v 2006–2013 EP6DT 104 kW; 142 PS (140 bhp) 244 N·m (180 lb·ft) 11.5 192 km/h (119 mph) 4-speed automatic 197
112 kW; 152 PS (150 bhp) 240 N·m (177 lb·ft) 10 204 km/h (127 mph) 6-speed automatic (ETG6) 173
2013– EP6CDT 116 kW; 157 PS (155 bhp) 9 210 km/h (130 mph) 6-speed manual 139
2006–2013 6-speed automatic (EAT6) 155
1.8-litre injection 16v EW7A 1,749 (107) 95 kW; 129 PS (127 bhp) 170 N·m (125 lb·ft) 11.9 185 km/h (115 mph) 5-speed manual 190
2.0-litre injection 16v EW10A 1,997 (122) 107 kW; 145 PS (143 bhp) 199 N·m (147 lb·ft) 11.5 195 km/h (121 mph) 6-speed automatic (ETG6) 190
12 190 km/h (118 mph) 4-speed automatic 211
Diesel engines
1.6-litre HDi 8v 2013– DV6 1,560 (95) 67 kW; 91 PS (90 bhp) 230 N·m (170 lb·ft) 12.9 174 km/h (108 mph) 5-speed manual 109
1.6-litre HDi 16v 2006–2013 DV6TED4 82 kW; 112 PS (110 bhp) 240 N·m (177 lb·ft) 12.5 180 km/h (112 mph) 140
13.2 6-speed Automatic (ETG6) 135
285 N·m (210 lb·ft) 13.1 6-speed manual 132
13.3 182 km/h (113 mph) 6-speed automatic (ETG6) 132
2.0-litre HDi 16v DW10BTED4 1,997 (122) 103 kW; 140 PS (138 bhp) 270 N·m (199 lb·ft) 12.4 195 km/h (121 mph) 153
12.1 190 km/h (118 mph) 195
320 N·m (236 lb·ft) 195
112 kW; 152 PS (150 bhp) 300 N·m (221 lb·ft) 10.6 137
DW10CTED4 119 kW; 162 PS (160 bhp) 340 N·m (251 lb·ft) 10.7 177
DW10D 112 kW; 152 PS (150 bhp) 10.2 195 km/h (121 mph) 6-speed manual 140
1.6-litre e-HDi Airdream 8v 2013– DV6C 1,560 (95) 67 kW; 91 PS (90 bhp) 230 N·m (170 lb·ft) 13.7 175 km/h (109 mph) 6-speed Automatic (ETG6) 98
86 kW; 117 PS (115 bhp) 270 N·m (199 lb·ft) 12.3 188 km/h (117 mph) 104
11.8 6-speed manual 105
1.6-litre e-HDi Airdream 16v 2006–2013 82 kW; 112 PS (110 bhp) 285 N·m (210 lb·ft) 13.3 182 km/h (113 mph) 6-speed Automatic (ETG6) 120

Sales and production figures

Year Worldwide production Worldwide sales Notes
2009 133,800[32] 143,800[32]
2010 126,800[32] 128,800[32]
2011 TBA 116,927[3]
2012 80,600[33] 82,900[34]
2013 104,700[33] 99,900[33]
2014 N/A 124,100[35]

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External links

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  • eTouch Emergency system
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