Named after the great painter the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso offers a comfortable ride which is crafted with practicality in mind for use as a regular family vehicle. It features a generous level of quality and additional family-useful items that enable it to stand out against other rivals in the seven seater class. The body coloured door handles and roof bars are simple yet stylish additions to the exterior and the VTR models also come with some cool 16 inch alloy rims. The Grand C4 has been rated among the top 10 best modern people carriers in the UK. This guide will run through the various features and items contained in the car so that you can compare it against other family cars. The curvy styling and sweeping front headlights give it the signature Citroen look, which does look quite stylish on the Grand C4. The price range is between £18,500 to £25,000 dependent on what model you choose.
Plenty of Seating Space & Lots of Glass = Great Views
The amount of legroom accorded to passengers is supreme. The windscreen stretches high to the roof allowing maximum visibility for the family with sun visors to minimize sun glare if necessary. The blue display panel is placed in a central area and gives journey information. The front seats have additional space because the parking brake is located on the dash board, allowing the seats to be slightly wider than the norm. The materials used in the interior are made of a high quality and conveniently comes with cup holders at the back of the driver and front passenger’s seats.
Frugal and Family-Friendly Engines
This Citroen people carrier comes with 2 petrol and 2 diesel engine variants. These are the 128 BHP 1.8 litre or the 143 BHP 2 litre for the petrol which have a top speed of 115 and 121 miles per hour respectively. The diesel engines are available in a 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre HDL with 110 BHP and 150 BHP respectively, offering more torque to haul seven passengers and luggage!
The 2.0 litre diesel engine offers a generous 50 MPG and takes the same time as the petrol variants in 0-60mph trials. Both the petrol and diesel models can be fitted with a 5 speed manual gears or 6 speed automatic transmission system. The petrol models have a 35.3 MPG whereas the diesel increase this to 46.3MPG and 49.6. Clearly if you value cost saving over performance then the diesel is the clear winner as a frugal family car. Carbon dioxide emissions for the petrol engine are 190 grams per kilometre and the diesel engines vary between 150 to 159 grams per kilometre depending on the size of the engine and transmission mode. All these place the vehicle within middle range road tax bands.
Handling and Safety
The C4 Grand Picasso has an added air suspension at the back of the chassis making it comfortable to ride in. This well thought out suspension incorporates brake lock system restrictive devices, electronic brake assistance, emergency brake aid tools and traction control. Its warns the driver through a shake to their seats if they wander over the white lane and it has a rear parking sensor – quite important for long people carriers! It is no wonder that the vehicle garnered a rating of 5 stars after a series of Euro NCAP crash tests.
Equipment & Gadgets
These include a steering wheel with complete adjustment capability, electrically heated door mirrors, a trip computer and LCD display. With extras such as air conditioning, digital radio, electric rear windows, automatic head lights, heat-reflective windscreens and a child monitor mirror, why would anyone look anywhere else? The C4 adds to its usefulness as a family car with extra storage bins, torches in the boot, umbrellas, a large expansive sunroof, rear air-con and a level of quality that stands out against its rivals in the 7 seat car class.