The Citroen C4 Grand Picasso has been updated for 2017 models (out now) all cars receive a newly redesigned front end with three-tier lights, a two-part grille, chrome trim around the daytime running lights and a second air intake in the redesigned bumper. At the rear are new 3D-effect lights. Inside is a new seven-inch touchscreen that include Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, plus a new navigation system that includes real-time traffic updates. New safety equipment includes a coffee break alert for drivers; speed limit sign recognition; a driver attention alert, with a visual display and sound; an active lane departure warning system; blind spot monitoring; active cruise control; and autonomous emergency braking to prevent low-speed collisions. New external colours have been added, Lazuli Blue, Soft Sand and Cumulus Grey.
What has been carried over is the the assured drive, comfortable seats, wonderful views from the enormous front windscreen, little wind or engine noise at motorway speeds and competent handling for such a tall vehicle. Space is excellent in the Grand Picasso, the three middle-row seats slide independently, while the outer pair flip up cinema-style before sliding forward, allowing decent access to row three, The rear seats fold into the floor easily to reveal a well shaped boot that will swallow 793 litres of luggage when the middle row is slid into its furthest forward setting. Folding the middle row is easy, too, while for really long loads the front passenger seat folds.
The 2017 Grand Picasso has new trim names, Touch Edition, Feel and Flair. the base Touch Edition is very well equipped with air conditioning, cruise control, start stop engine button, DAB radio, Rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights and 16″ alloy wheels, the Feel trim adds front parking sensors, Connect Nav, 17 inch alloys, a 12 inch panoramic LCD display which monitors essential car functions such as speed, fuel engine management and where fitted the reversing camera. The Flair is the top trim with 18 inch alloys, panoramic glass roof, park assist(the car parks itself), reversing camera, electric tailgate, keyless entry and a blind sport monitoring system with an led alert on door mirrors.
The diesel engines are carried over from the previous model but the three cylinder 1.2 litre petrol with 130 bhp is added as a six speed manual or six speed EAT automatic, the petrol does a good job of pulling the large frame of the Grand Picasso around, 0-62 is a respectable 10.8 seconds and the claimed economy is a cracking 55.4 miles per gallon. The two diesel offerings are the 1.6 litre with 120bhp, which can can pull the Grand Picasso to 62 miles per hour in 11.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 117 miles per hour and return a claimed 70.6 miles per gallon, this engine is available as a six speed manual or 6 speed torque convertor automatic. The 150bhp 2.0 litre diesel boosts the power, 0-62 in 9.7 seconds, but feel it’s only required if you travel fully loaded or need to tow a large caravan as the braked weight rises from 1500kg to 1700kg, this engine is paired with either a 6 speed manual (68.9 mpg) or a traditional torque convertor 6 speed automatic gearbox (65.7 mpg).
Winter Best Buy – Citroen C4 Grand Picasso 1.6 Diesel 120bhp Manual ‘Touch Edition’ – £445 Advance Payment (£61.04 wpms)
Winter Best Buy – Citroen C4 Grand Picasso 1.6 Diesel 120bhp Automatic ‘Touch Edition’ – £1445 Advance Payment (£427 wpms)