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When Petrol Is Best

When Petrol Is Best

Say what you like about Citroens – and people often do – but you can’t say that they don’t make an attractive car. Their whole current range are refreshingly good looking with just the right balance of family resemblance and uniqueness of design.

Take the new C4 Picasso THP155 MPV to give it the full title. It will be launched in September and, for the top of the range petrol version, will cost around the £24K mark. The equivalent diesel version will be about £300 more. One of the best features of this car is the sheer practicality. As the family motor it is going to be pretty hard to beat. The boot is the biggest in its class and is extendable by sliding the third row of seats forward or folding them flat. All the rear seats are the same size which means the more fecund family can get three baby seats in a row. That’s good design.SEATS When Petrol Is Best

In this class of car diesel usually rules and Citroen don’t expect things to be any different this time with buyers choosing the 113bhp e-HDI version in preference; but it doesn’t always have to be about economy and running costs. If annual mileage is relatively low or the folding content of the wallet is relatively high, the canny new car purchaser might instead opt for the petrol model for that desirable increase in performance and driving pleasure.

This 153bhp version should achieve around 47mpg – at least according to the official figure, as against the diesel’s more miserly 70mpg. Fair enough, it’s a big difference but on the plus side the THP155 is a sprightly three seconds faster than the diesel in the traffic light sprint, arriving at 60mph in about nine seconds thanks to its turbo-charged engine

With a new and lighter chassis underneath the C4 Picasso is nippy and the engine is quiet, smooth and flexible with plentiful torque which means it won‘t be necessary to keep shifting gears to maintain speedy progress. On the go there’s a lot less body roll and the steering is more responsive than on the previous model – important if you like driving. The overall design ensures almost no wind noise at regular speeds which means that progress should be nice and comfortable in the up-market interior. The luxury of massage seats is even available. Soothing.

Obviously, there’s another price to pay in that this sporty engine emits 139g/km which means road tax is £100 more than the diesel alternative but, just for once, can we not be constantly on this parsimonious route to total economy and instead simply enjoy the drive of a very good car, just like we used to?

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