The new Citroën C4 Picasso is one of the best Citroëns we’ve tested in the eight years of the Tow Car Awards. Whereas the old C4 Picasso’s suspension was on the soft side for stable and controlled towing, the new model is much better tied down and feels very stable at 60mph. Even when pushing on to 70mph the driver rarely needed to make steering corrections.
Through the lane-change test, the C4 Picasso leaned heavily but gripped hard. Even when the tourer slid sideways the Citroën always pulled it straight again.
Electronic parking brakes can be a love-hate feature, but they come into their own when stopping a car and caravan on a steep hill. The Citroën’s brake held the outfit still at the flick of a switch, with no need to yank hard on a lever as with some conventional handbrakes. The brake released smoothly and the C4 Picasso pulled to the top of the 1-in-6 hill without complaint.
As well as making an impressive tow car, the C4 Picasso is a very capable family MPV, with plenty of space for five, a flexible cabin layout and plenty of storage space.
Our practicality judges found room for a typical load of holiday luggage, and were pleased to see the car fitted with a rear-view camera with a clear view of the towball.