The words ‘MPV’ and ‘style’ don’t often inhabit the same sentence. But Citroën has made the new Picasso a really striking car, inside and out.
It’s practical, too. The slender front-screen pillars give an excellent view out, the cabin has ample space for a family of five, and the three rear seats fold quickly and easily into the floor. With the seats in place, there’s a 500-litre luggage capacity, which helped the Citroën to a joint best-in-class practicality score.
While it’s a fine MPV, the Citroën falls short as a towcar. The 1.6-litre diesel struggles to haul car and caravan, ambling from 30-60mph in 22.4 seconds, and the car pitches and wallows when towing, although the lane-change manoeuvre was tackled without undue drama. The push-button handbrake held the outfit on the hill start, but we had to rev the engine hard to get up the slope.