Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 12" HD panoramic screen display
  • Audible lights on warning
  • Bluetooth with USB and AUX input
  • Citroen connect Nav with connect box
  • Flat tyre indicator
  • Front parking sensor
  • Gear selection indicator
  • Mirror screen with mirror link and car play
  • Park assist system with steering assist
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Remote fuel cap release
  • Reversing camera
  • Service indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Variable PAS

Entertainment

  • 6 speakers
  • DAB Digital radio
  • RDS Radio
  • Steering wheel mounted controls

Exterior Features

  • 'Guide me home' headlamps
  • 3D effect LED rear lights
  • Aluminium side profile with integrated roof bars
  • Auto-dipping door mirrors in reverse gear
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • Automatic lights and wipers
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour electric folding/heated door mirrors
  • Chrome lower front bumper insert
  • Cornering front fog lights
  • Dark tinted rear side windows
  • Dark tinted rear windscreen
  • Electric front/rear windows with one touch/anti pinch
  • Foot operated motorised tailgate
  • Front aluminium scuff plates
  • Kerbside illumination
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Indicators
  • LED indicators in door mirrors
  • Panoramic glass sunroof with dark tinted glass/electric sunblind
  • Panoramic windscreen
  • Rear wiper
  • Windows total closure mode

Interior Features

  • 12V accessory sockets - front and rear
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • 3 individual rear seats with adjustable recline in row 2
  • 8 lashing eyes in boot
  • Air conditioning for 3rd row of seats
  • Aircraft type trays in front seat backrests
  • Black panel instrument lighting
  • Boot light
  • Child observation mirror
  • Cup holders
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Fan speed adjustment for rear seat passenger air vents
  • Folding front passenger seat
  • Front and rear courtesy reading lights
  • Front door pockets with bottle holders
  • Front headrests
  • Front passenger seat height adjust
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Front storage box
  • Height adjustable armrests on front seats
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Height/tilt adjustable driver's seat
  • Illuminated and ventilated glove box
  • Illuminated centre console storage
  • Interior lights activated when doors unlocked
  • Interior mood lighting
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Massage function for front seats
  • Rear air vents
  • Rear parcel shelf
  • Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
  • Retractable sunblinds in 2nd row
  • Row 2 seats with individual sliding/fold flat
  • Scented air freshener
  • Storage under driver's seat
  • Three foldable/retractable rear head restraints [row 2]
  • Under floor storage compartment [row 2]

Safety

  • 5 three point inertia reel seatbelts
  • ABS + EBD + EBA
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
  • ESP
  • Front and rear (row 2) curtain airbags
  • Front lateral airbags
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible+visual warnings
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Keyless entry and start
  • Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm
  • Remote central locking + deadlocks
  • Transponder immobiliser

Technical

  • Diesel particulate filter

Trim

  • Aluminium air vent surrounds
  • Aluminium dash trim
  • Two tone soft touch dashboard

Wheels

  • 17" Boa alloy wheels
  • Space saver spare wheel

Emissions

CO

0.11

CO2 (g/km)

106

HC

HC+NOx

0.074

Noise Level dB(A)

70

NOx

0.054

Particles

0.0005

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1499

Compression Ratio

16.4:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

75

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

84.8

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

68.9

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

76.3

EC Urban (mpg)

60.1

General

Badge Engine CC

1.5

Badge Power

130

Based On ID

Coin Description

BlueHDi 130

Coin Series

Flair

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

22E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

10.9

Engine Power - BHP

131

Engine Power - KW

96

Engine Power - RPM

3750

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

221

Engine Torque - MKG

30.6

Engine Torque - NM

300

Engine Torque - RPM

1750

Top Speed

123

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

205/55 R17

Tyre Size Rear

205/55 R17

Tyre Size Spare

SPACE SAVER

Wheel Style

BOA

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1638

Height (including roof rails)

1644

Length

4602

Wheelbase

2840

Width

1826

Width (including mirrors)

2117

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

55

Gross Vehicle Weight

2190

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

2181

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

165

Max. Loading Weight

760

Max. Roof Load

70

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1500

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

708

Minimum Kerbweight

1430

No. of Seats

7

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.4

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Trim

Summary

So, if you want a compact seven-seat MPV, look at the bigger Pic. Is it that simple? Well it depends upon your priorities I suppose. There may be some buyers in this segment for whom ultimate driving dynamics dictate the choice of a Ford or a Vauxhall in this segment. I can only imagine these people to be in the minority though. Most in search of a modern People Carrier prioritise practicality, running costs and clever design. If, as here, they can have all of this with class-leading style and technology thrown in, then so much the better. This Grand C4 Picasso offers perfect proof, if you ever doubted it, that an MPV can do more than just provide comfortable, efficient transport. It can be.. well, what Citroens once were: clever, futuristic, expressively designed. Cars you'd be genuinely proud to own.

Background

Buying a seven-seat MPV is usually an exercise in sacrifice. You accept the fact that in return for three seating rows, you'll get something boxy, boring and bland. Or will you? With this improved second generation Grand C4 Picasso model, Citroen beg to differ on that score. The Picasso name has been synonymous with Citroen People Carriers since the turn of the century and with 7-seat MPVs since the first generation Grand C4 Picasso model was launched in 2006. That car tapped into the major growth area in this segment amongst buyers who really only needed five seats but wanted the occasional versatility of a couple of extra fold-out chairs in the boot. This one makes that arrangement more usable, thanks to extra interior space released without the extra vehicle length buyers in this sector don't want. This comes courtesy of the class-leadingly long wheelbase conferred upon this car by a clever, multi-patented EMP2 platform that's also claimed to sharpen up the previously rather stodgy handling. It all sounds very promising, particularly as in this improved guise, the car gets more technology with greater media connectivity and some frugal new petrol engine options for the few potential buyers who don't want the efficient BlueHDi diesel. In prospect then, what we have here is a very clever People Carrier indeed, with a glassy, futuristic combination of hi-tech style and efficient practicality that ought to set new standards in this segment. Does it? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The major change when this second generation model was first launched in 2013 was the adoption of a more modern EMP2 chassis that made the car lighter and stiffer. The engine choice is naturally weighted towards diesels because that's what Citroen does very well and it's also what British customers expect to buy. The 1.6-litre BlueHDi 120 will continue to be the big seller, but the economical BlueHDi 100 powerplant is sure to claim more than a few sales. There's also a pokier BlueHDi 150 diesel option too. Petrol customers get a freshly-added PureTech 110 entry-level unit with manual transmission; or there's a pokier PureTech 130 powerplant, mated with the brand's smoother EAT6 auto transmission. Stick with the diesel and you'll find that the 120PS unit offers reasonable acceleration, the engine note is muted and it shares the same improved body control and sharper steering that's engineered into all of the latest C4 Picasso models. Citroen also claim that the suspension has been tuned to work with a variety of wheel sizes, so you won't be punished with an unduly harsh ride if you opt for a bigger set of alloys. On the move, don't be put off by initial unfamiliarities of design and drive. After all, you probably wouldn't be looking at this Citroen in the first place if you didn't want something just that little bit different from the usual character-free compact people carrying experience. Just enjoy this car for what it is as you float over road imperfections, marvel at the unusually hushed levels of refinement and enjoy the benefits of a commanding driving position that's a huge help at roundabouts or when parking and, with the standard panoramic screen, makes it seem like you're suddenly viewing the world in high definition.

Design and Build

The revised models keep the previous version's three-tiered light signature at the front, which is synonymous with Citroen's contemporary design language. The grille though, which is separated into two parts by the body-coloured bumper, has been updated and now sports a glossy black registration plate mount and a second air intake. Plus there are smarter 3D-effect rear lights, classier 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and the option of a silver coloured roof bar option. Otherwise, it's much as before, with clever interior packaging that designer Frederic Soubirou is clearly proud of. We like the optional lounge-style front passenger seat that features an extendable footrest and massage function. On a more practical note, you get up to 793-litres of bootspace when the third row of seats is pushed into the floor, a total that can rise as high as 2,181-litres with the middle row also folded. Those middle row seats can be slid back and forth, reclined or folded flat independently of one another. What's more, the floor is devoid of a raised tunnel, aiding utility still further. The side windows do angle in fairly sharply which can make taller rear seat passengers feel a little pinched - and the rearmost pews are really only suitable for kids. Other than that it's hard to find fault. Materials quality in the cabin is smart, with classy metal finishes and simple yet effective ergonomics, something we have rarely been able to say of previous Citroens.

Market and Model

The Grand C4 Picasso has marched surreptitiously upmarket but perhaps that's no bad thing. The prices are still reasonable, with an entry-level model costing from around £22,000 and the BlueHDi 100 diesel setting you back from just under £22,500: that's a fraction above what you'd pay for a comparable Ford Grand C-MAX. It's fairly easy to see why customers would pay a small premium for the C4 Picasso though. It's the reason why buyers will pay more for an Apple versus a Dell - slicker design values. New media developments include a Citroen Connect radio that includes Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink smartphone connectivity. And a 'Citroen Connect Nav' system with connected services that can tell you everything from weather forecasts to local parking and fuel station info. These functions, like many others in the cabin, are marshalled by the big touch screen display. We know some of you prefer the tactility of a switch or button and there are occasions when the Grand C4 Picasso's screen demands your attention for longer than is ideal, such as when adjusting the cabin temperature settings, which will require you to navigate away from, say, the sat nav or stereo functions and find the ventilation screen. Yes, it helps clean up the fascia but at some cost to actual everyday utility. Even entry-level Grand C4 Picassos are fitted as standard with alloy wheels, Bluetooth and a six-speaker stereo with a USB socket. Range-topping models get features such as adaptive cruise control and the rather lovely lounge-style front passenger seats. It's just like being in a TGV. Except slower and without French school kids constantly running past.

Cost of Ownership

It's virtually impossible to compete in this sector without some standout economy and emissions figures and the Grand C4 Picasso steps up to the plate in this regard. Although some of the power outputs at first look a little underwhelming for such a big vehicle, the diesels develop such torque that you won't need to thrash the engines to make respectable progress. Even the entry-level BlueHDi 100PS unit pulls its weight, emitting just 99g/km with a combined fuel consumption of under 75mpg. Step up to the BlueHDi 120 model and the CO2 number is 105g/km, with a combined fuel economy return of over 70mpg. The BlueHDi 150 manual unit gets 102g/km of CO2 emissions, rising to 112g/km for the 6-speed auto model. Citroen is also keen that we should talk about the petrol engines added to the line-up. The PureTech 130 EAT auto variant manages 55.4mpg and 115g/km. What else? Well maintenance costs will be aided by the option of an affordable three year servicing plan. Plus there are reasonable insurance groupings rand the usual three year / 60,000 mile warranty.