Citroen C4 Grand Picasso MPV (2007 – ) expert review

By Adrian Higgins, 22nd March 2008

The verdict

The Citroen C4 Grand Picasso provides family-friendly motoring in a typically Gallic package.

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Expert rating:

3.8

Pros

  • Spacious interior
  • Great practicality
  • Top-notch safety kit

Cons

  • Some low-quality cabin materials
  • Cramped rearmost seats
  • Wallowy ride

Full Review

1. Exterior

Drivers expect French cars to be good-looking and the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso lives up to expectations. From the vertical rear light cluster to the bonnet which integrates the Citroen chevrons, this car exudes style – not an achievement to be sniffed at for an MPV – making it infinitely more recognisable than a Mazda 5 or Peugeot 5008.
Our rating: 4

2. Interior

There is even more to like about the car inside. The windscreen stretches back high into the roof to create a very light interior, although this can be blocked by longer sun visors when necessary. The blue-lit information display is housed in a central hooded area and features a digital speedo and rev counter flanking further read-outs. Locating the parking brake on the dashboard has freed up the area between driver and front seat passenger to enhance the feeling of space. Most of the materials used are of good quality though inquisitive fingers could cause some early wear and tear.
Our rating: 4

3. Practicality

The steering wheel differs from many cars in that the rim rotates while the hub remains static. This has a practical benefit as controls remain in the same place relative to the driver, and it ensures better airbag deployment to aid safety. The second row consists of three good-sized, comfortable seats with plenty of legroom while trays with cup holders built in are fitted to the rear of the two front seats. As is usually the case with MPV third rows, the seats are intended for children and would be uncomfortable for most adults travelling anything more than short journeys.
Our rating: 5

4. Ride and handling

This is a comfortable car which sails over lumps and bumps in the road just like a Citroen should. Top of the range models also include pneumatic rear suspension for an even smoother ride. The car handles well for a seven-seater but will wallow through corners if they are tackled at speed.
Our rating: 3

5. Performance

The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is available with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines. The petrol models: 127bhp 1.8-litre or 143bhp 2-litre, are quickest off the mark with sub-12 seconds 0-62mph times and top speeds of 115mph and 121mph. The diesels share a 112mph top speed. Models come with a manual five-speed gearbox or a six-speed electronic automatic ‘box operated by a steering wheel-mounted stalk. We found the automatic a little jerky between changes. Manual gear changes are available with paddle shift gears on either side of the steering wheel.
Our rating: 3

6. Running costs

The petrol models both return an average 35.3mpg while the diesels increase this to between 46.3mpg and 49.6mpg. CO2 emissions of 190g/km mean a relatively high tax cost, while the diesel options range between 150g/km and 159g/km depending on engine size and gearbox, placing them within mid-table tax bands.
Our rating: 3

7. Reliability

Citroen is the tenth most reliable car manufacturer for the UK market, although figures are not available for this particular model.
Our rating: 3

8. Safety

The car achieved a five star rating following EuroNCAP crash tests. And features a host of safety aids including seven airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency braking assistance, electronic stability programme and traction control as standard. Options include a lane departure warning system which vibrates the driver’s seat if he or she wanders over the white line and front and rear parking sensors to help avoid bumps.
Our rating: 5

9. Equipment

Four trim levels are offered: LX, SX, VTR+ and Exclusive, and even the entry-level model comes with a wide array of equipment. This includes a fully adjustable steering wheel, cruise control, automatic windscreen wipers, electric, heated door mirrors and trip computer. The SX adds air conditioning, and CD/radio. VTR+ models adds 16-inch alloys, fog lights, body-coloured door handles, door mirrors and bumper inserts, electric rear windows, roof bars and trays on the rear of the front seats. The Exclusive trim adds chrome bumper inserts, automatic headlights, digital air conditioning, heat-reflecting windscreen, sunblinds and child surveillance mirror.
Our rating: 4

10. Why buy?

If there are plenty of times you need a vehicle which will shift five and have the capacity to cart another two about the Citroen Grand C4  icasso merits serious consideration. It ticks lots of boxes, but we reckon its biggest selling point is its Gallic flair – inside and out, this is one people-carrier that doesn’t look dull.
Our rating: 4

Expert review 3.8stars

  • Exterior4
  • Interior4
  • Practicality5
  • Ride and handling3
  • Performance3
  • Running costs3
  • Reliability3
  • Safety5
  • Equipment4
  • Why buy?4

Our recommendations

Best on a budget:
1.6 VTR
Cheapest Grand Picasso still enjoys decent spec.
Best-seller:
1.6 HDi VTR+
Diesel power and VTR+ extras make this the popular choice.
Blow the budget:
2.0 HDi Exclusive EGS
If you’re not on a budget, consider the 2.0 HDi Exclusive.

From the vertical rear light cluster to the bonnet which integrates the Citroen chevrons, this car exudes style.