Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 2016 review: Top 3 features we like video
Well done. You’ve passed the thinking-outside-the-box test. The very fact that you’re here reading about people movers means you haven’t just followed everybody else down the SUV path. That you’re reading about a French people mover makes you even more special, okay don’t get too smug.
A people mover can be just as practical as an SUV, sure it may not have the ground clearance of an SUV, but when are you going off road, intentionally? And in the case of the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso it’s possibly more practical than an SUV.
We are now up to the second generation Grand C4 Picasso. The seven-seat people mover arrived here in 2014 in just one specification that costs $44,990. Don’t confuse it with the C4 Picasso – that’s a much smaller hatchback.
If this was a B-grade movie the competition stomping monsters are Japanese rivals like the Toyota Tarago and Honda Odyssey or the Korean Kia Carnival and Hyundai iMax. The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso won’t topple them, but it is a stylish and innovative alternative to the rest. Here are the top three features we like.
#1 Great visibility
Want glass with that? The Grand C4 Picasso could double as a mobile greenhouse with its enormous windscreen, see through A-pillars, panoramic sunroof and large door windows. All of that (perhaps not the roof) makes forward and side visibility exceptional.
#2 Adaptable seating
It’s called a people mover but it’s essentially a van with chairs and in this one you can fold all of them down – apart from the driver’s – to do a fairly good impression of a delivery truck. The backs of the chairs have flaps which flip out to cover the gaps between the folded seating for a smooth, flat surface.
#3 Comfortable ride
Comfortable isn’t a comfy enough word to describe the ride of the Grand C4 Picasso. How about luscious? Ok, that’s weird. Anyway, the suspension is so super absorbent and composed that you hardly notice speedbumps or that the city’s roads have gone to ruin.
It has to be pointed out that while every single thing appears to have been thought of in the Grand C4 Picasso there is a disappointing omission from a safety perspective – no third row airbags. Considering that the little passengers who will probably sit there will be part of your most precious cargo, it’s something we’d like to see added in the future.
2016 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso specifications
Price from: $44990
Warranty: 6 years/unlimited
Servicing interval: 12 months/15,000km
Safety: 5 stars
Engine: 2L turbo 4-cyl diesel, 110kw/370Nm
Transmission: 6-spd automatic, FWD
Thirst: 4.5L/100km (combined)
Dimensions: 4428mm (L), 2197mm (W), 1625mm (H)
Spare: Space saver
Watch Richard's full review here.