Even before it arrives on UK shores in early 2007,
the C4 Picasso has been voted MPV of the Year by the
authoritative 4x4 & MPV Driver magazine.
Not content with one accolade, the striking new compact people carrier
also picked up the specialist title's MPV Innovation of the
Year for its Interior Lighting, thanks to its "use of natural
light and no fewer than 32 different light sources".
And if further proof was needed to support CitroŽn's decision
to continue selling the 5-seat Xsara Picasso, 4x4 & MPV Driver gave
the best-selling model its MPV Deal of the Year title.
Describing the C4 Picasso as the most definitive example of a family
car as now exists, the judges hailed its self-levelling rear
suspension, outstanding light and visibility, premium quality feel,
uncluttered dashboard, driving position, passenger space and comfort,
safety focus, and general user-friendliness, placing it ahead of the
shortlisted competition that included the Ford S-Max and the Mercedes
On driving the C4 Picasso, the judges said: "With ride comfort,
quietness and a relaxing measure of Gallic loping ability - plus of
course 45mpg or so from the superb diesel - the C4 Picasso is a car any
driver would look forward to spending a day in.
"As well as the class-firsts, the practicality and the attention to
detail, there is a wow factor here that makes others in the class look
rather dowdy and uninspiring," continued the judges. Full details of
trio of awards are contained in the November issue of 4x4 & MPV