Citroen C4 Grand Picasso MPV (2007-2013)
- Comfortable, luxurious interior
- Smooth diesel engines
- Spacious, practical cabin
- Jerky automatic gearbox
- Complicated controls
- Not the most fun MPV to drive
"If it's stylish and spacious family transport you're looking for, the seven-seat Citroen C4 Grand Picasso is just the ticket."
Like most Citroens nowadays, the C4 Grand Picasso is good-looking and incorporates a number of quirky features that set it apart from the crowd. An easy to use seat mechanism makes it simple to access the third row of seats and a choice of two 1.6-litre diesels, plus 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines means there's a model to suit all tastes.
MPG, running costs & CO2
1.6 e-HDI variants are the cheapest to run
The 1.6 e-HDI variants are the cheapest to run, capable of 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 129g/km of CO2. By comparison, the 1.6 VTi petrol returns 40.9mpg and the top-spec 2.0 HDi, 49.6mpg. The automatic gearbox, unusually, offers even better economy than the five-speed manual.
Interior & comfort
It's comfortable over long distances
Comfort has taken priority over a sporty drive with the Grand C4 Picasso. Light steering and soft suspension means it remains comfortable over long distances and on uneven road surfaces around town. Hydraulic rear suspension can be ordered as an optional extra, making it even more relaxing to drive. The driving position is fine, with the seat proving comfortable and supportive on long trips.
Practicality & boot space
Innovative Features like a cooled storage box are perfect for large families on long trips.
In the middle row, there are three separate sliding chairs, each with Isofix child seat mountings. Legroom is good in the furthest back position and there's decent shoulder space, too. Best of all is the seat operating mechanism - just pull a handle on the back and the base flips up. The chair then slides forward to give good access to the fairly roomy third row. However, luggage space with all chairs in use is a bit tight. Numerous cubby holes and innovative features like a cooled storage box between the front seats are perfect for large families on long trips.
Reliability & safety
Could be better built
The car achieved a full five stars in the Euro NCAP test and traction control and electronic stability control is standard on all models. Unusual features like the fixed-hub steering wheel are attractive to look at, but some of the switchgear and interior materials could be of a higher quality. Numerous recall notices have been issued by VOSA for cars built between 2007 and 2009.
Engines, drive & performance
There’s enough grip to allow you to corner with confidence
Supple suspension means that the Citoren isn’t as sporty to drive as some of its rivals. In bends body roll is pronounced, but there's enough grip to allow you to corner with confidence. The 1.6 HDi diesel is smooth and economical - especially on the e-HDi model with stop-start – and it's the best-selling engine in the UK. The EGS semi-automatic gearbox is economical and easy to use, plus it can be manually controlled by paddle behind the steering wheel, but it's extremely slow to change gear.
Price, value for money & options
Discounts are usually available - a new model is out soon
On paper, the C4 Grand Picasso costs more than its direct rivals, although newer entries to the market like the Ford Grand C-MAX run it close for value for money. Hefty discounts are usually available though if you negotiate hard enough. VTR+ specification offers the best balance of price and equipment; you should avoid the expensive Exclusive trim unless you’re offered a real bargain price.
What the others say
It's well laid out, with the now-trademark fixed-hub steering wheel. And the driving position is fine, with the seat proving comfortable and supportive on long trips.
How many other big MPVs don’t make you look like you've have a total excision of character, individuality and taste? None, that’s how many. Well, not many. And they won't be as good as this.
Look out for offers that are regularly run by Citroën - such as 0% finance, free insurance and cashback. You're unlikely to ever pay list price for a C4 Picasso and it's worth haggling to try and get a decent discount. Amazingly the LX model does not come with a CD stereo – it’s an optional extra, so make sure the dealer fits one free as part of the deal.