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CITROEN GRAND C4 PICASSO ESTATE
What is it?
The Citroen CR Picasso is a medium size five-seat family people carrier that’s also available in Grand C4 Picasso form, featuring a longer body and seven seats.
There are four trim levels, five engine choices and two automatic transmission options. This second- generation C4 Picasso was introduced in 2013.
What is the Citroen C4 Picasso like to drive?
A spacious and airy interior, particularly when the panoramic glass sunroof is fitted, is one of the pleasing hallmarks of the C4 Picasso, as is its unusual dashboard. It’s also very practical, providing versatile seating and a seven-seat option with the Grand C4 Picasso. The driver’s seat provides plenty of adjustment, too.
The entry-level 1.6 VTi petrol is better suited to local commuting, the 1.6 turbo automatic producing a brisker drive. The diesels provide adequate performance in 90hp form and a bit more zest - and load-lugging capability - with 115hp. The 2.0 HDI is an assured performer and economical with it. Getting the best from the automated manuals requires a little concentration until you’re familiar, these versions are more economical than the conventional - and restful - automatics. The C4 Picasso is a straightforward drive, it’s comfortably refined and handles tidily.
What engines are available?
There are three diesel options and two petrols. Petrols include a 120hp 1.6 VTi and a 165hp turbocharged THP version of the same engine. Diesels start with the 90hp 1.6 HDI turbodiesel, include a 115hp 1.6 and a 150hp 2.0 litre BlueHDI. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the 1.6 petrol and diesel engines, the 120hp petrol turbo coming with a six-speed automatic as standard. The 90hp and 115hp 1.6 diesels are available with an automated six-speed manual gearbox; the 150hp 2.0 HDi comes with six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes.
What are the key standard features of the Citroen C4 Picasso?
The entry-level C4 Picasso VTR comes with Bluetooth, three separate, reclinable rear seats (middle row in the case of Grand C4 Picasso), dual-zone air conditioning, height adjustable driver’s seat, four electric windows, radio/CD player with aux-in/USB port, 7in touchscreen, multifunction wheel, hill start assist, 16in alloy wheels.
- VTR+ (over VTR): auto lights and wipers, electric heated door mirrors, automatic dual-zone climate control, DAB radio, rear passenger air vents, height adjustable, forward folding passenger seat for long loads, front seat armrests, individually sliding rear seats, rear seat picnic tables, additional storage, front foglights, USB port.
- Exclusive (over VTR+): 12in central display with sat nav, reversing camera, keyless entry, 8GB hard-drive, additional USB port, ambient lighting, rechargeable boot torch, kerb lighting, chrome exterior, aluminium interior décor, alarm, 17in alloys.
- Exclusive+ (over Exclusive): electric tailgate, radar cruise control, massage front seats, active seat-belts, blind-spot monitor, scented air freshener, rear/middle seat spotlights, privacy glass, 18in alloys.
What are the key options?
A smart vision pack (traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, forward emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors) and a panoramic glass roof.
How spacious is the Citroen C4 Picasso
Space up front is very generous, while the back seat (or middle if it’s a Grand C4 Picasso) is decently generous too. Smaller children will be comfortable in the Grand C4 Picasso’s rearmost seats. The boot is particularly big and easy to load, and the individually folding (and optionally sliding) rear/middle row seats provide great versatility. On-board storage space is very good.
What will it cost to run?
CO2 emissions range from 98g/km for the 90hp diesel 1.6 e-HDI ETG6 to 134g/km for the 165hp petrol 1.6 THP automatic. The 115hp 1.6 HDI manual records 105g/km, the 2.0 BlueHDI diesel manual 105g/km.
The official combined fuel consumption spans from 74.3mpg for the 90hp e-HDI ETG6 auto to 48.7mpg for the 1.6 THP automatic. Benefit-in-kind exposure ranges from 15% for the 1.6 e-HDI diesel to 22% for the 2.0 BlueHDI. All e-HDI and BlueHDI versions have stop-start.
What safety features does it have?
Six airbags, the headbags extending to the second row, antilock brakes, traction control and ESP anti-skid control are standard. Radar cruise control with collision alert, blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems are optional. The C4 Picasso achieved a full five star NCAP safety rating. There are Isofix attachment points for three child seats in the rear.
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