The Citroen C4 Grand Picasso is getting a little long in the tooth, is has been with us since 2007, (slightly updated in 2010) but it remains one of the best seven seaters on the market. The Grand Picasso is packed with technology, some of which takes a bit of getting used to, the electric handbrake and separate air conditioning controls being two examples, but after the initial shock of the near fully electronic layout it only takes a short trip to really enjoy the both the technology on hand and the layout of the controls. As a seven seater the Grand Picasso excels, all (full sized) seats can be moved backwards and forwards, the three seats in the centre row are Isofix and the two rear seats have excellent access and fold flat to offer a large boot space. The Grand Picasso was designed with seven seats, by no way was it a afterthought as you feel it is in some other cars that claim to be seven seaters.
The Citroen C4 Grand Picasso is packed with goodies, to the point of being weighed down with technology, in the entry level ‘Edition’ you enjoy air conditioning, cruise control, front and rear electric windows, rear sunblinds, front fog lights, front armrests, alloy wheels’ windows, 6 speaker cd/radio with steering wheel controls, remote central locking with deadlocks, electronic handbrake and height adjustable drivers seat and steering wheel, in the ‘Platinum’ trim you add , roof bars, rear parking sensors and bluetooth connection for your phone, 17″ alloy wheels, a rear window that opens independently from the boot and the wonderful rear pneumatic suspension that improves comfort for passengers when the car is loaded up, internally you enjoy, privacy glass, sun blinds for third row passengers, rain sensitive wipers and automatic digital air conditioning with dual-zone temperature setting.
The choice of engine is pretty simple as the 1.6 litre 110 brake horse power diesel stands out, it offers excellent economy, 54.3 miles per gallon, and keeps up with the car in front as you can reach 62 mph in 13.1 seconds and a top speed of 112 miles per hour. There are three other engines available, a two litre diesel that offers 150 brake horse power which is excellent if you tow a caravan but for everyday driving the extra spend is not advised. The two 1.6 litre petrol engines offer 120 or 155 brake horse power but can’t match the economy of the diesel units.
Grand Picasso due to be replaced in 2014, presently not available on mobility car scheme. Search other 7 seat cars on the scheme, click here.