When you buy a people mover, it’s usually out of necessity. Hauling about the kids and their associated gear is the intended role. But rather than settling for a box on wheels, families are opting for seven-seat 4WDs. The reason? In general, they look better than people movers and, owners will tell you, they have the option of going off road.
The great round-Oz trip beckons. But how many actually do it ? Meanwhile there’s the fuel consumption, parking woes, interior packaging, and of course the dirty looks from those who attribute global warming solely to you and your 4WD.
To cash in on the enviro-friendly move away from 4WDs, Citroen has launched its new people-mover, the C4 Picasso. It’s been deliberately styled to distance itself from the traditional box-style seven-seater and, in the metal at least, it’s a looker. Certain elements of the C4 hatch have been carried through, to give it a clear family link.
The chromed double chevron grille sits in line with the rest of the Citroen range, and its side profile is inoffensive, even stylish. Fibre-optic brake lights are a highlight, as are the integrated vertical lip-spoilers in the brake light assembly, which give extra directional stability. On the launch drive this was put to good use at speed, where cross-winds presented no challenge.