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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Review The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso rules the roost as our favourite MPV, and for good reason.
The engine range is excellent, in particular the diesels, which offer strong performance and superb efficiency, while top spec versions have the sort of equipment levels that you'll struggle to find from premium brands of a similar price. What's more, the facelift updates in 2016 changed little.Practicality is superb, as the Picasso offers one of the best folding seat arrangements we've seen, while room in the most often used middle row is truly limo like. On top of all that, it looks great unusual for an MPV with a mix of French flair and surprising solidity.It's not the most fun to drive, but MPVs are more about ferrying plenty of passengers and their luggage in comfort, and that's something the smooth and refined big Citroen does incredibly well.If there's one thing that Citroen does well, it's MPVs. The Grand C4 Picasso is the oakley case biggest car in its range, and as its name suggests, it's a longer, roomier seven seat version of the five seater C4 Picasso. While that could dilute the car's appeal in terms of style, it manages to offer the same striking, futuristic design that makes the five seat model arguably one of the best looking cars in its class.Both versions of the C4 Picasso share an identical interior and use the same platform and technology. Where the Grand C4 Picasso is different is that it's wheelbase is 55mm longer, while the rear overhang increases the car's length by 115mm. That doesn't sound like much, but it's enough to add a huge amount of space and versatility into the mix.The first model to wear the Picasso badge was the Xsara Picasso from 1999. The C4 Picasso first appeared in 2006, and both models were sold side by side for a while, and the Grand models was available from launch. The C4 Picasso arrived in 2013, while a facelift in 2016 was introduced to boost the Picasso's appeal as Renault launched a new Scenic.The Grand C4 Picasso comes in three trims: Touch Edition, Feel and Flair. oakley buy online All are pretty well equipped, but if you go for a top spec Flair model, you'll get kit such as a power tailgate and hands free opening without needing to use the key fob. Prices start at just over 22,500 and rise to a sniff over 30,000, although you don't have to splash out on the most expensive model to get a decent amount of kit. You'll find that the Grand C4 Picasso commands a premium of more than 2,000 over the five seat C4 Picasso, so do your sums before choosing the seven seater over its smaller counterpart.The engine range for the Grand C4 Picasso is small in capacity for such a large car. The 1.2 PureTech petrol only comes in 130hp guise (there's a 110hp version in the five seat version), but while it's surprisingly torquey, we'd go for the diesels as they feel more suited to the car. There's a 1.6 BlueHDi in 100p and 120hp forms, while at the top of the range is the 2.0 BlueHDi 150. The smallest diesel has a five speed manual, while a six speed manual is standard on all cars bar the 2.0 BlueHDi, which gets Citroen's EAT6 auto. This is optional on the 1.6 BlueHDi 120, too.The Renault Grand Scenic is the Grand C4 Picasso's arch rival, while the Ford S MAX and Galaxy are also worth considering. The SEAT Alhambra and Volkswagen Sharan have the added advantage of sliding side doors, while the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is an intriguing alternative. If you only want occasional rearmost seats, then the Kia Carens, Toyota Verso and VW Touran are worth considering, while some SUVs also offer seven seat versatility, including the Skoda Kodiaq, Nissan X Trail and Land Rover Discovery Sport, although some of these models can be pretty pricey in comparison to the Picasso.The car floats over surface imperfections and absorbs big bumps with composure, which makes it comfortable in most conditions for all seven occupants. Poise is more important than cornering ability in a full car although there's still enough grip to give a reassuring feeling when travelling faster.There's a fraction more road noise than you get in the some of the quietest seven seat MPVs also on the market, although the Picasso is is quiter than the latest Renault Grand Scenic, while the 2.0 BlueHDi is a little noisy at idle. The smaller diesels and petrols are very refined, however. The only choice is the oakley inmate small but efficient turbocharged three cylinder PureTech 130 which makes 129bhp and 230Nm of torque enough to speed the Grand C4 Picasso to 62mph in 10.8 seconds and on to a 125mph maximum. It's available with a six speed manual gearbox or, as of 2016, a six speed automatic.The EAT6 auto box, added to the range in 2015, is vastly superior to the old torque converter that was offered before. The shifter is mounted on the steering column, which is a novel touch that also frees up storage space where the gearshift normally is. It has a tendency to hold onto lower gears for too long, meaning you'll occasionally shift up with the steering wheel paddles, but other than that's is pretty smooth and suits the relaxed nature of the car.Diesel drivers have a little more choice. The entry level oil burner is the BlueHDi 100, a turbocharged 1.6 litre four cylinder unit making 99bhp and 254Nm, which is good for 109mph and a 13.1 second sprint to 62mph. You can only have it with a five speed manual box, and it's the only one with free road tax but it's a little sluggish.The BlueHDi 120 is a more powerful version of the same engine making 119bhp and 300Nm, with a top speed of 117mph. It comes with six speed manual or auto gears, and the auto is actually a tenth quicker to 62mph at 11.5 seconds and that powertrain is our pick of the range, as it gives enough performance for most MPV needs.The third turbodiesel option is the BlueHDi 150 which is a 2.0 litre boasting 148bhp and 370Nm. With manual sunglasses oakley cheap gears it tops out at 130mph with a 9.8 second 0 62mph time. The automatic version's figures are 129mph and 10.2 seconds. It's pretty punchy, and if you regularly carry seven people or heavy loads then it may be worth the extra, but it's less refined than the 1.6.Citroen has managed to offer a seven seat MPV that comes with CO2 emissions below the 100g/km figure 98g/km to be precise. It's the BlueHDi S manual model which also claims a combined fuel economy figure of 74mpg. That meanscompany car tax bills for family orientated company car drivers will be temptingly low.The BlueHDi 120's claimed figures are 68.9 to 72.4mpg and 103 to 105 g/km, depending on transmission and wheel sizes, but it's a better engine and the one we'd choose.Even the most powerful diesel, the BlueHDi 150, claims an impressive 72.4mpg and 102g/km on 17ins wheels and in manual guise. Pick the same engine with the auto gearbox and 18ins alloys and the claimed figure drops to 64.2mpg.On our test of the BlueHDi 150, the 34.6mpg we averaged was some way below the official figure. You could achieve better in gentler driving, no doubt, but the real world 45 50mpg of the 1.6 makes it a better bet.Petrol efficiency looks great on paper too, with Citroen claiming up to 56.
5mpg (combined) and 115g/km for the PureTech 130 engine, and 48.7mpg and 134g/km for the THP 165 engine. Expect that to drop to around 40mpg in the real world.
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