Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 2014 1.6 e-HDi review

23 Jan, 2014 1:00pm Paul Bond

We try 2014 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso seven-seater with cleaner 1.6-litre diesel

Verdict

4
The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso has injected some much-needed style and flair back into the MPV class, and this frugal new 1.6 e-HDi model is a seriously accomplished family car. Best-in-class running costs and a practical interior make it easy to recommend, and the relaxing, comfort-orientated dynamics are the icing on the cake.

Family buyers demand a lot from their cars. Plenty of space, low running costs and ease of use are the essentials, but the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is trying to add smart technology and desirability to that list.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso in-depth review

In our first UK test, we were impressed by the punchy 2.0-litre HDi version of the new seven-seat Picasso, yet most cost-conscious buyers will plump for this cheaper, more efficient 1.6-litre e-HDi model.

It uses the smooth diesel from the new Peugeot 308, so it has plenty of torque and impressive throttle response. The only time you’ll ever want the 2.0-litre HDi is when the car is fully loaded with passengers and bags.

The benefits of the smaller engine are clear, as it emits just 105g/km of CO2 and boasts fuel economy of more than 70mpg. An 89bhp Airdream version is available, producing 98g/km – the lowest CO2 figure of any seven-seat MPV currently on sale – but it is a fair bit slower.

Comfortable family car

Whichever model you choose, the Grand C4 Picasso remains refined and comfortable. Road and wind noise are fairly well suppressed, and the soft suspension irons out bumps.

The light steering offers virtually no feel, but combines with a tight turning circle and great visibility to make this big car feel compact. The six-speed gearbox is the only real niggle – there’s a notchy shift between first and second.

The rearmost seats are cramped for adults, too, although there’s plenty of space elsewhere, with maximum luggage capacity of 2,181 litres, and more than 600 litres even with five passengers.

The Grand C4 Picasso’s trump card is the stylish new interior. It does away with conventional buttons in favour of a classy touchscreen and a supersized colour display. Although the build quality still seems a bit flimsy, the look and feel inside is a big step up from Citroens of old.

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What offsets this car from a 5 star rating? The only niggle, according to AE, is the gearbox, which should not be enough to detract a full star rating.

Is not a VAG product...

What's VAG? Didn't they become VW Group over a decade ago.....

I called my local dealer, then several dealers further afield and finally Citroen UK to test the low BHP model -"none available as demonstrators" - no way I will buy without a test! Shame on you Citroen - and Renault's gain...

Yes they did and we all know what Fran means. VAG was and is a convenient acronym.

I was offered two cars auto and manual from my local dealer hidson in Kent the next day. and I am very happy with my new grand c4 only waited 4 weeks for my new 1.6 exclusive x manual the auto was ok but preferred the manual

Key specs

  • Price: £23,255
  • Engine: 1.6-litre 4cyl turbodiesel
  • Power: 113bhp
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph/top speed: 12.1 secs/117mph
  • Economy/CO2: 70.6mpg/105g/km
  • Equipment: 17-inch alloys, 12-inch HD display, reversing camera, DAB, sat-nav, air-con
  • On sale: Now
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