Ride and Handling
The outgoing Grand C4 Picasso had its critics when it came to ride and comfort, but any irritating issues have certainly been eradicated on the latest model.
A reduction in weight, lower centre of gravity and enhanced design has helped to create a balance between comfort and road-holding for improved driveability. The vehicle is well planted and any roll in corners is certainly well checked.
The test model sat on 17-inch wheels which seemed ideal, but I also drove another model fitted with 19-inch alloys and that seemed much noisier and the ride was nowhere near as comfortable – quite jumpy in fact.
Another factor certainly worthy of note is how quiet the Grand C4 Picasso is. Even at higher speeds there is next-to-no engine or road surface noise to be heard. This is particularly impressive as sounds often echo around inside larger vehicles.
The high-seated driving position is a real bonus and helps to deliver excellent all-round visibility. And a secondary mirror means you can keep a watchful eye on occupants in rows two and three.
Ease of Use
Flexibility is key when designing a successful people carrier and the Grand C4 Picasso oozes class and quality in this field. There are three rows of seats with a multitude of configurations to choose from. The trio of individual middle seats are adult-sized and feature sliding bases and tilting back. They also offer class-leading space for their occupants.
The two rear seats can be folded flat to the boot floor or raised in seconds with one hand tied behind your back. And, although in reality these two seats are only ideal for children, they do offer more space than some rivals.
And with the active family in mind, Citroen has made the most of every inch of space. With the rear seats folded flat there is a load capacity of 632 litres which can be increased to a whopping 2,181 litres with rows two and three folded down.
Elsewhere, the cabin is clutter-free and quite minimalistic in appearance although there is an array of techno treats to be explored via two colour screens – a 12-inch high definition display screen and a 7-inch colour touch pad.