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Citroen for a while now has been producing some good cars – and not before time might I say. So when I was dropped a Citroen C4 Picasso recently I was overjoyed by not only the size of it, but also because this meant I could use it that very weekend to try out our new camping gear we had recently purchased, Although, I am not a big fan of camping – I like it most of the time, but my children love it more.

 

You say the word ‘camping’ to most people and they will roll their eyes, but most will look at you and shiver and say ‘camping is cold and muddy’ and I have to agree.

 

Although all I seem to do when I’m camping is clean mud off my shoes – plus my wife will always say the same thing “take your muddy shoes off before you come into the tent” I am not sure why this matters – because a farmer would not say to his Cows “err Daisy would you mind taking off your hoofs before you step into the barn”. I mean it’s crazy, you are meant to get muddy, wet, and very cold, but all my wife cares about is making sure I don’t trample over the tent carpet in my size 9s.

 

Also, when I do finally pluck up enough courage to take my shoes off, I will almost certainly have an outbreak of frost bite and all my toes will immediately need to be amputated.

 

Ok, it’s not always this bad and in the summer it’s actually very nice, but if it’s too hot, you might as well sleep in a field with the sheep – because sleeping in a modern tent in the summer is like sleeping in my oven at home. All you really need to do is turn me over every 20 minutes to keep me basted. I’m not joking either!

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But of course as a family man I can forgive it for all its cold nights because you just can’t beat waking up in the morning and cooking a Full English Breakfast in your underpants on an open fire in the middle of nowhere, while being surrounded by your family and relaxing in some of the most beautiful parts of the United Kingdom.

 

Moving back to the C4 Picasso – I will start by saying that space is king and the ‘Picasso’ really should be the one to beat when it comes to comfort and space.

 

 

Engine: The C4 Picasso comes with an array of petrol & diesel engines but the one installed in my test car was the peachy 3 cylinder, 1,199 turbocharged unit. Max power for this unit is130hp @ 5,500rpm and 230Nm (170lbft) of torque. Fuel consumption is also good with a combined figure of 56.5mpg. This for me is the one I would choose because it’s free revving and very willing.

On the road: The ride is better than most and handles with a good sense of control. – I have said many times that some MPV’s are top heavy and slow, but the Picasso feels quite nimble. I used to own a Vauxhall Zafira and the road noise on that was terrible, but the Picasso is actually very quiet and you will not need the radio at maximum volume to drown out the road noise.

Inside: As I said earlier – Citroen have been making big changes on quality and this shows in the interior design. Ok, some of the layout is not great and I don’t like how some of the controls feel like they are a bit of a stretch to reach, but all in all it is a very practical and thoughtfully designed family car.

 

 

 

 

 

Standard equipment is good and many of the model range will have a 7in touch screen interface, hill start assist, USB Bluetooth with media streaming, air conditioning, auto activation of lights & wipers, LED daytime running and a DAB Radio & Six Speakers. Space in the rear is also good and the boot is huge with 537 litres (seats up) and 1,851 litres (seats lowered)

 

 

Safety: ABS with EBD and EBA, ESC with traction control, Hill Start Assist function

auto activation of hazard warning lights, driver/front passenger front lateral & curtain inc row 2 airbags, outer rear seats including inertia rear seatbelts & force limiters and centre rear seat with rear ISOFIX seat child seat anchorage points x3.

 

 

To sum up: A great family car that looks good, but drives even better.

 

 

Citroen C4 Picasso 130 S&S 6-speed manual

 

Price: £19,780 RRP not including fitted options

Top speed: 125mph

0-62mph: 10.1sec

Economy: 56.5mpg (combined) emissions g/km (103)

Engine: 1.2 Petrol

Power: 130HP at 5500rpm

Torque: 230Nm at 1750rpm

Gearbox: 6-speed manual

 

 

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.