I’m looking at sometime over the winter months, when prices should be better, changing my 2014 CitroÎn C4 Picasso (37K miles) for a new C4 Picasso, most probably either a BlueHDi Feel or Flair, with manual gearbox, and my mind is open to both the 1.6-litre 120 and 2.0-litre 150 engines.
I would obviously like to get a test drive in both variants, power-wise, although I can imagine that both might not be available to drive at any given dealer. What are your thoughts on the possible choices? I think that I will stick with the C4 Picasso, unless you have any alternative suggestions, as the current one has been a good car for us, and I don’t really want to spend too much more than £11k to £12k for the change. Am I dreaming on those figures? What do you think?
Peter Gee, Harwich
Nice choice to have Peter, and I think you’re probably better off staying with the devil you know, but it might be worth casting your eye over the Peugeot 3008, although at present you’ll get a much better discount on the CitroÎn. As far as trim level is concerned (N.B. you can’t have a Flair 2.0 BlueHDi 150) you will be able to see what goodies you get for an added £2,000 plus (list price) in the brochure. Not a lot of it appeals to me, to be honest. You probably know my feelings about wheels and tyres, and I would be avoiding the 18-inch wheels and tyres of the Flair, and sticking with the 17-inch wheels of the Feel, and therefore settle for the 1.6 BlueHDi engine and its 118bhp, which would be quite ample for me, and it would definitely be more economical than the 2.0 BlueHDi 150. The 1.6-litre engine has generally always been thought (since the Peugeot 407 came out ñ yes as long ago as that!) to be a nicer engine than the 2.0-litre, although both engines have obviously changed a lot in over 15 years.
I’m not going to stick my neck out on what deal you might get though, and waiting until the showrooms get really empty in December and January is a smart move ñ and remember to leave it until the last week of the month, when the dealer sales incentives end, and they are dying to do a few deals, even at nil profit. I can see you getting asked to pay maybe around £14K to change, but I would stand firm and shop around, and do all you can to get that down to nearer £12K. But here’s the crunch. If you looked at nearly new cars rather than brand new, and were maybe a bit flexible on body colour, you will find very low mileage 2017 cars (e.g. Feel BlueHDi 120) for around £16,000 to £18,000 (new list prices around £23,000 to £24,000) against which you should really expect to be offered £6,000 to £7,000 for your car, and then do the change for under £12,000.
Think on that Peter, and good luck. Let me know how you get on! Best regards,