Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

Stylish, comfortable and spacious seven-seater MPV

8.0
wowscore
This is the average score given by leading car publications from 9 reviews
  • Spacious cabin
  • Space-age looks
  • Smooth ride
  • Unexciting to drive
  • Average auto gearbox
  • Confusing touch screen
 

£22,475 - £28,700 Price range

 

7 Seats

 

55 - 74 MPG

Review

The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is a seven-seater MPV with futuristic looks. Its main rivals are the Renault Grand Scenic, Ford Grand C-MAX and Peugeot 5008. Prices start from £22,475 and if you buy the Grand C4 Picasso using carwow you save £5,050 on average.

The interior of the Grand Picasso receives a lot of praise by reviewers and it’s easy to see why – there’s lots of room, lots of light and the two LCD displays on the dashboard make it an easy car to operate. The third row of seats is more roomy than in its competitors too.

Driving the Grand Picasso is comfortable and effortless, thanks to its light controls. The ride is smooth and it doesn’t lean much in corners. The diesel engines are the ones to go for because they are some of the most fuel efficient on sale.

The Grand Picasso has a competitive base price, but most of our buyers tend to opt for the most expensive trim, because it is packed full of equipment such as air-conditioning on the third row of seats and a passenger seat with electric footrest and massage function, just to name a few.

When it comes to safety, the Grand Picasso scored well in Euro NCAP’s tests and it did especially well for protecting child passengers. Read on for more information about the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.

2014 carwow best seven-seat car award

The Citroen’s innovative seating arrangement, permitting three individual seats in the middle row puts it above the rest of the seven-seat competition. We were very impressed with the comfort and refinement on offer too.

If you’re interested in how spacious this award winning seven-seater is have a look at our Citroen Grand C4 Picasso dimensions guide. Our Citroen C4 colours guide is also available to help you pick the perfect hue for your new car.

Citroen has unveiled a subtly facelifted Grand C4 Picasso with a slightly revised interior and an upgraded infotainment system, read all about it in our dedicated article.

Cheapest to buy: VTR PureTech 1.6-litre petrol

Cheapest to run: VTR+ BlueHDi 1.6-litre diesel

Fastest model: THP 165 Exclusive 1.6-lite petrol

Most popular: BlueHDi Exclusive+ 2.0-litre diesel

There’s little to really fault in the Grand Picasso’s interior. If nits can be picked, it’s with the central, dual LCD display that replaces many of the centre console buttons and dash binnacle. It certainly tidies the dash but it seems to be a case of being different for the sake of being different – it’ll be an acquired taste you’ll need to try out before you put your cash down.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso passenger space

That aside, the car’s interior scores well. It’s airy, with plenty of glass area (particularly with the panoramic windscreen), comfortable seats and plenty of space wherever you’re sitting. That even includes the back row of pews – there’s more space than many rivals back there, though you’d still not want to spend too long in them as a fully-grown adult.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso boot space

With all seven seats up there is enough room for a couple of hats, but lay the third row flat and there’s over 600 litres of space. With all the rear seats down there is 1,851 litres of space with a completely flat loading surface.

Check out our full breakdown of the Grand C4 Picasso’s internal and external dimensions to figure out if it’ll fit into your lifestyle.

The one thing this Grand C4 Picasso isn’t is an entertaining driver’s machine. For that you’d still need to send your money Ford’s way for an S-MAX, but the Citroen hits back with a pillowy ride quality that even avoids feeling harsh on larger wheels. It’s a refined, comfortable way to travel and that could well be what you’re looking for in a family car.

Some describe the steering as a little light, but it does begin to weight up as the speed rises. You’ll never get much feedback through the rim, but that’s of debatable relevance in a vehicle likely to spend most of its time ferrying kids about. Those kids shouldn’t feel too green in the back either, since body roll is kept to a minimum.

While the Grand Picasso is offered with a pair of perfectly acceptable petrol engines, they aren’t really the right tool for the job. Realistically, diesel engines with their low emissions and high fuel economy will suit this particular people-carrier better, and those are the models most reviews have concentrated on.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso petrol engines

There is only one 1.6-litre petrol engine available in two power levels. They’re both fine choices if you’re doing lots of very short, stop-start journeys but Citroen expects them to account for just 10 per cent of sales.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso diesel engines

There are two main diesel units available, in 1.6-litre (90hp, 114hp) and 2.0-litre (148hp) capacity. The former is most frugal, returning up to 74mpg in lower-output form – though at 14 seconds from 0 to 60, you won’t be going anywhere fast. The 114hp 1.6 unit is only a shade less economical at 70.6mpg, and testers reckon they’re the engines to go for – smooth, punchy and quiet, with low running costs. The 2.0-litre BlueHDi is a good engine and the quickest of the diesel models, but it’s a little noisier and does cost more to buy and run.

The 1.6 e-HDi is the sensible choice in the Grand Picasso. It's no speed demon, but it's economical - up to 74.3 mpg with zero VED - and has respectable performance.

It's praised for its best-in-class running costs and its refinement - described as "strong, and quiet". Despite its small capacity it's an "excellent puller" and only really vibratory at idle. Unless you're regularly planning to haul a full seven people, it's probably the pick of the range.

There are no reviews of the 1.6 THP engine in the Grand Picasso so far, but experience with the smaller Picasso tells us that it's probably not the best choice for the car.

It's certainly punchy enough at just 9.2 seconds to 60, but most customers will look at that 47.1 mpg figure instead, and the corresponding £125 tax bill. For most, the diesels will make more sense.

There are no expert reviews for the 1.6 VTi, but unless you're looking for the cheapest Grand Picasso out there, there are probably better options.

Its 44.8 mpg combined economy figure is the lowest of any Grand Picasso, and its £140 tax figure the highest. At 12.6 seconds to 60, it's also among the slowest - there are better ways to move your family about!

It's strong reviews all around for the Grand Picasso BlueHDi. The diesel unit is a new one, two litres in capacity and pumping out 150 PS. It's commendably brisk and emits very little CO2, from just 110 g/km. Up to 67.3 mpg is possible on the combined cycle.

Critics say the engine is a "strong performer", if "a little noisy at times". A manual gearbox is available, but testers reckon the new auto is a "vast improvement" on previous variants. One review does still note some hesitancy, though, and overall a few testers reckon the 1.6 e-HDi is the more sensible bet.

These are general, non engine-specific reviews of the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso. They give you a good idea of what the car is like without going into detail on one particular model.

While not specifically tested, the European safety agency Euro NCAP has tested the five-seat C4 Picasso and is satisfied that the seven-seater is broadly equivalent. Consequently, the bigger car also has a five-star rating.

Basic models get the kind of safety kit expected of any family car these days, including air bags, electronic stability control and an electric parking brake with a hill-hold function that makes it easier to set off on steep gradients. VTR+ models also get auto lights and wipers, while the top-of-the-range Exclusive+ trim level adds a blind spot monitoring system.

Pick a basic VTi model and you’ll spend less than £20k on your Grand Picasso – though you’re better off spending more and getting one of the diesel models. Pricing is generally competitive with rivals so there’s little to worry about at time of purchase, though like previous Citroen models depreciation is likely to be heavy – as much as £16,000 over three years on the 2.0 BlueHDi. Ouch.

Luckily, you do get a well-equipped car for your money, and the diesels are among the lowest CO2-emitting and most economical models in their class – so while you’ll lose resale value, you do gain a little in tax and fuel over the ownership period. We have prepared a detailed colour guide to help you choose the right shade for your new C4 Grand Picasso.

Conclusion

For some, the new Grand C4 Picasso is among the best cars in its class. You’ll find more fun in a Ford S-Max but the Citroen counters with the more adventurous, modern styling and interior layout, as well as a smooth ride and fuel-sipping engines.

If you want a seven-seat MPV and aren’t quite ready to submit to something boring, the Grand Picasso is worth a look.

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