Citroen Grand C4 Picasso review

Extensive trim levels alongside seven seat practicality and ample storage space make it one of the most desirable new MPV's on the market.

To add to its amicability, the new Citroen Grand C4 Picasso also features frugal powertrains across its range and its competitive starting price of just £19,200.

All of the Grand C4 Picasso's winning attributes have earned it the accolade of 'Best MPV' of 2014 from WhatCar? and 'Family Car of the Year' 2014 from Top Gear.

Exterior

It is clear that Citroen has paid close attention to the appearance of the new Grand C4 Picasso. Much like the DS models offered by Citroen, the design of the C4 Grand Picasso is highly sports orientated, with chrome highlights and stylish contours aplenty.

The C4 Grand Picasso also comes with 16-inch 'Viper' alloy wheels, daytime running LED lights and twin optic headlamps - all as standard.

Interior

The interior of the Grand C4 Picasso is a great place to be as it is roomy, comfortable and full of interesting features. The three rows of seats are also incredibly flexible when it comes to storage - allowing for a maximum of 2,181 litres of storage space.

There are four trim levels to choose from in total - VTR, VTR+, Exclusive and Exclusive+.

Even the entry level models offer generous amounts of equipment, with air conditioning, engine start button, height and tilt adjustable driver's seat, a six speaker audio system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity and a seven-inch Touch Drive interface.

The Touch Drive interface is particularly interesting as it acts as a central hub for everything from driver assist features to media functions.

When it comes to seating and leg room, the Grand C4 Picasso is one of the best on the market. In fact, its second row of seating offers more legroom than any other car in its segment.

For those who want to make their model more lavish you can go for some of the higher trims and benefit from the likes of massaging seats and a motorised leg rest for the front passenger.

On the road

The new Grand C4 Picasso is surprisingly nimble on the road. Its light steering make for an enjoyable ride, especially around twisty roads. Thanks to its responsive steering, the Grand C4 Picasso does not feel like a seven-seater at all.

There are several options available in the engine range, some focussed on efficiency and some more so on power. Although there is a 1.6-litre petrol engine offered with 120bhp, it is the diesel options in the range that are moiré likely to attract buyers.

The diesels on offer certainly range in power and frugality. For example, there is an enthusiastic 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel on offer that produces 148bhp, which for a large MPV is quite impressive.

The more enticing option for families, however, is likely to be the e-HDi 90 Airdream ETG6 engine. This unit is capable of keeping CO2 emissions as low as 98g/km. This means it is exempt from VED tax.

Overview


The new Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is a fantastic family car. Whether you prioritise practicality over comfort or style over equipment, it doesn't matter - the new Grand C4 Picasso offers great quality in each of the categories.