Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 e-HDi Exclusive
Week ending April 29
Driven this week 567 miles
Only a brief update this week. As is traditional with the What Car? long termers, last week it was time to take the Grand C4 Picasso on its first tip run.
At this point, I’d normally be telling you how easy the seats in the car were to fold down (or not), and that they create a completely flat load bay (or not).
However, the Picasso is so vast that I didn’t need to fold down the second row of seats at all. This is mostly thanks to the enormous 632-litre boot it has in five-seat configuration. There are rival MPVs that offer less than 500 litres of space, so it’s clear the Citroen has a big advantage.
The other bonus is the height of the car. Some estate cars offer similar boot space under a luggage cover, but you wouldn’t get anywhere near as much stuff in if you filled them to the roof.
I haven’t had a chance to look up the official data, but I’d say that loading our Picasso’s boot to the headliner gave me nigh-on 1000 litres of load space. That was more than enough to take all my rubbish.
I’ll need to think of a suitable challenge to test the Citroen’s outright capacity in the future - at more than 2200 litres, it’ll take an awful lot to fill it.
By John Bradshaw
Week ending April 15
Driven this week 608 miles
Have I been a bit harsh on the infotainment in the Grand C4 Picasso so far? Perhaps, but since I interact with its features on a daily basis, it’s hard to ignore the irritations - however minor.
One element of the Picasso that I have few complaints about, though, is the cabin ambience. Citroen boasted about having the most glass area of any car in the segment when the car was first announced, and that bragging wasn’t without foundation.
The Picasso’s interior really does feel bright and airy - even if you don’t have the optional full glass roof. One element I'm not so sure about is the 'panoramic' windscreen, which is a standard feature across the range.
With the shutters pulled down, it just looks like a normal windscreen, but grip the sun visors and push them up and you get a full-height screen that sweeps back over your head. However, when it's sunny, doing this tends to expose your face to the sun - so I'm not sure I really see the point.
That said, driving around a brightly-lit city at night with the shutters all the way up makes you feel like you're sightseeing, which is quite fun.
By John Bradshaw
Week ending April 8
Driven this week 300 miles
I’ve been using the Picasso’s touch-screen infotainment and sat-nav as much as possible over the last few weeks, to try to become more accustomed to it. I found the systems in my previous long termers (an Audi Q3 and BMW 3 Series GT) far more intuitive, so I’m realising I need to spend more time learning the ins and outs of the Citroen’s early on.
As Ed Callow mentioned last week, the graphics are really sharp and easy to read in most places - not just on the touch-screen, either, as the display on the 12.3-inch monitor above it is just as crisp.
However, using the sat-nav so often has made me frustrated with one thing in particular: the guidance line that shows your planned route ahead in unfathomably thin. On most other systems I’ve used, the road you’re supposed to be following is marked with a really wide band of contrasting colour to make it easy to check at a glance.
The Picasso makes do with a really skinny blue line, though, which means you need to look at the screen for much longer to see the route. Of course, if you like having voice guidance on all the time, you may be the sort to ignore the screen for most of the journey, but unfortunately I’m not in that camp.
By John Bradshaw