Comfort and Refinement
Comfort levels are good for all occupants although the limited space in the third row would leave children very fidgety on a longer journey. Elsewhere though, occupants are treated to ample leg, head and should space in what has to be described as one of the brightest and most inviting cabin environments on the market.
Light floods in via the panoramic windscreen and large side windows - a glass roof is an optional extra too.
On the downside, the top of the dashboard is massive and at times - when the sun put in a brief appearance - there was a fair amount of reflection on the screen.
Parking such a large vehicle can be an issue and some models are fitted with Park Assist (£600 option) which not only finds a suitable space but will park the car too. This works in either parallel or bay parking spaces.
Safety and Security
Safety is a feature high on Citroen’s agenda when designing what is predominantly a family vehicle and it comes as little surprise that the Grand C4 Picasso has been awarded the maximum five starts in the Euro NCAP safety ratings.
The test car featured anti-lock brakes, emergency brake assist, electronic brake distribution, traction control, auto activation of hazard lights, a warning system for all unfastened seatbelts and plenty more.
An Exclusive Convenience Pack is an optional extra priced at £849 and this introduces a motorised rear tailgate, front parking sensors, Park Assist, a blind spot monitoring system, active cruise control with collision alert, lane departure warning system, an auto-dimming electro-chrome rear view mirror, intelligent beam headlights and an active seatbelt safety system.
Citroen has never been afraid to shy away from tradition with its design theories and the interior of the Grand C4 Picasso is a perfect example of the company’s pioneering thought process.
There are no conventional instrumentation dials as such, but instead the speedometer readings along with fuel gauge and other vital driving information is displayed on a 12-inch high definition colour screen situated in the middle of the dashboard.
Underneath this screen is a smaller colour touch screen where the car’s set-up, temperature, telephone connectivity, audio and other functions can be reached in no more than two taps.
Whilst this is relatively simple to use and very modern in its approach, I see nothing wrong with a button to raise the car’s heating – it all seemed a little over-complicated.
Also, I found the positioning of the speedometer was quite distracting. I would prefer the read-out to be in my line of vision when driving rather than set off to one side.
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What We Liked
- Versatility and ease of use
- Stylish, yet practical design
- Excellent all-round visibility
- Tardis-like interior
- Fuel-efficient engines
- Wrap-around tailgate and 3D lights
- Class-leading space in the second row
- Row three is the most accessible in class
- Smooth ride
- Light cabin
- Flexible boot configurations
- Excellent safety rating
- Stands out from the crowd
- The lack of engine or road noise
What We Disliked
- The steering wheel-mounted controls are a little fiddly
- The unconventional instrumentation
- There is some glare from the large dashboard
- Rear seats still a bit tight for space
What We Would Like To See
- A speedo read-out in the driver’s line of vision
- Less fiddly steering wheel controls
The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is up against some stiff opposition in the segment but the latest model is feature-rich, competitively priced and offers all the flexibility anyone could wish for from an MPV. It is much improved compared to the outgoing model and both the ride and handling are superior and far more refined.22 January 2014
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Citroen Grand C4 Picasso e-HDi 115|
|Body Type||5-door MPV|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12.1 Seconds|
|Top Speed||117 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||74.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5-Stars|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 22/01/14)||£23,255 plus £1,445 optional extras|