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CITROEN GRAND C4 PICASSO People Carrier 2007‑2008
9 owner reviews for CITROEN GRAND C4 PICASSO People Carrier 2007‑2008
Great Family Car
CITROEN GRAND C4 PICASSO 2.0i 16V VTR Plus 5dr EGS (Review date: 18th January '12)
We have three young children and my wife is a childminder so we can have up to 5 children at a time. The C4 Grand Picasso has plenty of space to accomodate all of us and the 2L petrol model has the power to cope as well. Even with all 7 seats in use there is still enough room in the 'boot' to take a buggy, some shopping, wellie boots etc. With only the 5 main seats being used the boot space in cavernous, we like to go camping and there is more than enough room to take the tent and all of our equipment. We find it a great car to drive although the semi automatic gearbox does take a little getting used to - it can be a bit slow to engage first gear which can be interesting when you're trying to pull out of junction quickly. It's ideal for motorway cruising but it is quite thristy on the fuel. On average we get about 25mpg but this does go up to 31mpg on motorway journeys. It's also has a £245 vehicle tax cost.
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CITROEN GRAND C4 PICASSO 1.8i 16V VTR Plus 5dr (Review date: 2nd July '11)
Not bad looking and not a bad drive to boot.
CITROEN GRAND C4 PICASSO 1.8i 16V VTR Plus 5dr (Review date: 15th February '11)
We bought the C4 Picasso when our family ballooned to 6 and the Focus wouldn't seat us all anymore. I looked at the potential list of purchases and it came down to 4 choices:
Renault Espace - the orignal but has recieved mixed reviews.
Ford Galaxy/S-Max - rare and over priced as a result.
Chrysler Grand Voyager - a desirable choice but running costs were potentially too high.
So we plumped for the C4 based on purchase price, looks, practicality of the folding seats and spec.
6 months in and it has served us well with no major issues, the servicing intervals are 20,000 miles or 2 years and it returns around 40MPG which is good for a 1.8.
It's not the same driving experience as a smaller car so you are less inclined to throw it around corners, but then it is usually crammed full of your most precious cargo so you'll want to take it steady. That said it is definately one of the better looking MPV's out there and, other than the S-Max looks least like a minibus.
All in all if you have a need for flexibility of seating but want high equipment levels and aren't too bothered by residual values I'd recommend it.
It Works For Me.......
CITROEN GRAND C4 PICASSO 2.0i 16V VTR Plus 5dr EGS (Review date: 16th January '11)
Great family car that really suits my family and lifestyle. We holiday in the UK a lot, and changed to this car from a BMW 3 series touring. I could never fit everything I needed to into the BMW there was always something that needed squeezing in somewhere. With the my Grand Picasso we always have room to spare. The facility of 7 seats is a great bonus. The kids love it when we "stick the grandparents in the boot!" makes for really good and easy family days out.
I've got the 2.0 petrol engine, it has plenty of poke (considering it's powering a tank) however it's a little on the thirsty side. The Auto EGS gearbox is lazy and clunky, it often changes gear when you don't want it to i.e. pulling out onto a busy road. (You can switch to manual and use the flappy paddles though) My advice if you are buying an auto is to give it a good test drive to make sure you can "get along" with it.
It drives like you'd expect a big people carrier to, the extra power in the engine helps but you're not going to get much response throwing it round corners. Look wise, it still looks modern and up to date despite being launched a good few years ago. I often take a few work collegues between sites and they have all complemented me on how the car looks before they get in. Again, the space inside is ample for 5 big adults and 2 smaller adults in the back seats.
Build quality is OK, coming from a BMW, I've probably been a little spoilt. That said, it's not a luxury car. If you want a practical, safe (scored well in ncap tests) modern looking runner that can cope with the school run plus fit everything in for a UK holiday with room to spare and the opportunity to throw the mother in law in the boot (back seats, honest!!) this is the car for you. I do miss the drive and refinement of my BMW but I can't fault how family orientated this car is. It works for me!! thanks for reading.
How Grand was my Picasso
CITROEN GRAND C4 PICASSO 1.8i 16V VTR Plus 5dr (Review date: 13th January '11)
Having previously owned a Xsara Picasso, the newer C4 version was worth a look. It's a great car, roomy light and airy with comforable seats for seven passengers or five if you fold away the rear seats for luggage space.
Easy to drive and park for such a big car with great all-round visibility.
Unimpressive acceleration, especially when heavily laden but the it's not sold as a sports car.
Fuel economy from the 1.8 litre petrol engine varies between disappointing and alarming.
A great overall level of equipment including cruise controll, 4 x electric windows, electric mirrors, CD/MP3 player, steering wheel mounted audio and menu controls. Just a couple of disappointments, the mirrors aren't heated like on the last Picasso and there's no spare wheel, just a can of foam and a small compressor. I invested in Ultraseal the day after taking delivery and had no problems.
I'd stick with Citroen in future although probably go for a smaller model with a diesel engine but if you have a big family to move around, the C4 Grand Picasso is worth a look
The dark spacey limousine with a view to the stars
CITROEN GRAND C4 PICASSO 1.8i 16V VTR Plus 5dr (Review date: 12th January '11)
If you are looking for a car that feels like a large family limousine from the future, the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso could be the car for you.
Everyone who has been in ours remarks how quiet it is - and how BIG! The leather multifunction steering wheel is it's 'second' best design feature, and I'm a designer. It's gorgeous, just the way it feels in the hands and the boss, with all the pressy buttons and instrument lights which remains level while the wheel rotates around it - ingenious!
The 'best' feature is the panoramic windscreen. When you swoosh back the blinds, WOW, you get a view you never expected, right up to the stars. Perfect for transporting your friends on that glitzy night out. Of course this also means incredible visibility when driving. You actually feel like a happy little puppy standing in the middle of the dashboard with the full road in front of you. Yip Yip!
So the design is nice, the best looking MPV on the road alongside the C4 Picasso and the interior build is actually very nice too with the large sweeping dashboard and digital instrument panel.
The seats are also very comfy. Better than my wife's Mercedes A class in fact. The Mercedes so called 'Orthopaedic' seats actually hold my spine in spasm for the duration of any journey and bring on a bit of sciatica to boot! So full marks for the Citroen.
Now the driving. Well, if you like the floaty, Citroen limousine feel, this has it. If you are expecting Alfa Romeo sportiness and precision, err!, no! I'm not sure what the guys at Citroen were thinking, but the manual gearbox feels like it's been linked to the gear leaver with bits of wood and string. Very, very vague. Couple that with a vague clutch and you'd be lucky to get off the starting blocks. Still, there's that lovely steering wheel and Panoramic windscreen.
Upkeep: Now, it could be the harsh winter we had, but mine needed a new alternator. Bang! £590+ said my garage. Ouch! But the nice man put in a refurbished one for £180. Phew! There is of course a slight issue with that bit of meteorite that hurtled into my Panoramic windscreen last week. I now have a split in it for which I'm not looking forward to the bill.
Still, it's worth it for that amazing view to the stars.
Citroen's Grand Picasso leaves me (in the) cold
CITROEN GRAND C4 PICASSO 2.0i 16V VTR Plus 5dr EGS (Review date: 7th December '10)
I love the shape, the fit and finish and the general useability of this car. It is fairly spacious and very comfortable to drive long distances. What I don't like is the semi auto gearbox which lurched, missed it's gears, hesitated and generally made the car undriveable for it's first 30 months. Since taking delivery of this new car three years ago, I have become very friendly with the main dealer. Eleven visits to have the same fault corrected is about ten times too many. UK Citroen dealers just don't seem to understand their own cars and Citroen UK Public Relations just fob you off. Despite the UK dealer fitting a new gearbox, clutch, actuator and other software stuff in July 2010, the car still shimmied, shivered and shook it's way along the road. Entering a roundabout safely and briskly or creeping up the slopes of a multi storey was impossible. It took a long drive to Paris to get the car fixed by a French Citroen dealer and the service there was courteous, quick and, most importantly, correct. The car is now sweet and I have travelled 5000 smooth miles since then. I shall travel abroad from now on to get it serviced.
As far as anything else is concerned, I would recommend this car but choose a manual version and make sure you get a big discount. These manuals are very much smoother and better to drive.
Better still, save up and buy something that works properly in the first place and where service is included not something to hope you might get - I have also been a Lexus driver since 2000 and I know about these things!