There are many good reasons for starting a family, but buying a suitable family car has rarely been among them.
If the traditional image is to be believed, the young couple won't just give up their alone time, sense of peace, endless romantic holidays and nights out with friends as sprog number one drops into their life, but their shiny, sexy sports car too.
In its place comes the sensible people-carrier, with its large accessible doors, sensible diesel engine and ideally, wipe-clean interior surfaces. The gift of life does have its down-sides...
All is not lost though, and the new Citroen C4 Picasso, due this Summer, makes parenthood seem quite appealing. Just look at it: Continuing evidence that Citroen hasn't lost its styling mojo, with a concept car-like front end design and expensive-looking touches that wouldn't be out of place on one of the firm's DS models.
LED daytime running lights hang from a wide chrome strip integrated into the grille, with the car's actual headlights floating in the bumper below. The upper body is interesting too, the side glass stepped at either end with a large chrome 'C' shape marking out the windows.
The rear looks squat and purposeful, with LED tail-lights featuring the same "infinity" effect seen on the current Citroen DS3.
The C4 Picasso's interior is spectacular for a car in the MPV class, dominated by a 7-inch touchscreen mounted on the dashboard, and a 12-inch panoramic HD screen higher up the dashboard. The latter displays all the main driving information, as well as navigation and driving aids. Uniquely, you can even upload a personal photo to it via USB.
Citroen says the glassy cabin is a "loft style" environment. Most lofts we're familiar with are about as far from the open, bright C4 Picasso as you can get - a panoramic windscreen, large front quarterlights and deep side windows all contributing to the Picasso's airy feel, while '360 Vision' and Park Assist uses cameras to make parking manoeuvres even easier.
A 'Lounge pack' offers massaging front seats, a 'Relax' passenger seat - we're intrigued by this - and 'Relax' headrests on all seats. It's a colourful, spacious cabin, and Citroen has worked hard to make it a high quality one too.
The new C4 Picasso will be green too. Weight has dropped by 140 kg, the bodywork is more aerodynamic, and a new Euro 6 emissions-compliant engine joins the range. The BlueHDi 150 model puffs out just 110 g/km of CO2, with technology that cuts oxides of nitrogen by 90 percent, and reduces CO2 too.
In e-HDi 90 Airdream spec, it also offers emissions below the 100 g/km mark, and combined economy of 74 mpg. Six-speed manual and single-clutch automatics are available, with a traditional auto joining in 2014.
Priced from: Not yet announced
Available from: Summer
It's hard to imagine there was a time in the 1990s when Citroen was pumping out such dull vehicles, as the modern range seems intent on bringing back the styling and innovative nature of Citroens of old. That the C4 Picasso is now quite an appealing vehicle is testament to that. And for those young families, making their first steps into parenthood, the prospect of owning a sensible family car no longer looks so depressing...
For more information check out our full summary of the current Citroen C4 Picasso alongside reviews, stats, photos and videos!