Our cars: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso - July

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  •  Our 2014 MPV of the Year 
  •  Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 e-HDi  
  •  Run by chief photographer John Bradshaw
  • Citroen's service light was a false alarm

    Citroen's service light was a false alarm

  • Grand C4 Picasso's gearbox is notchy, but much more refined than in John's last long termer

    Grand C4 Picasso's gearbox is notchy, but much more refined than in John's last long termer

  • Three people and three bikes fitted into the Grand C4 Picasso - but only just

    Three people and three bikes fitted into the Grand C4 Picasso - but only just

  • Grand C4 Picasso's seats are a doddle to fold flat - when they're working

    Grand C4 Picasso's seats are a doddle to fold flat - when they're working

  • Citroen's fuel filler cap prevents costly misfuelling

    Citroen's fuel filler cap prevents costly misfuelling

  • Handy wheel to the left of the driver makes it easy to adjust our Picasso's seat and get comfortable

    Handy wheel to the left of the driver makes it easy to adjust our Picasso's seat and get comfortable

  • The 113bhp 1.6 diesel isn't just cheaper than the 148bhp 2.0 - it's also more refined

    The 113bhp 1.6 diesel isn't just cheaper than the 148bhp 2.0 - it's also more refined

  • C4 heads off on holiday in the hands of a colleague

    C4 heads off on holiday in the hands of a colleague

  • Picasso's vast boot - even in five-seat configuration - meant no need to drop the seats for a tip run

    Picasso's vast boot - even in five-seat configuration - meant no need to drop the seats for a tip run

  • Our chief photographer can't see the point in the Picasso's 'panoramic' windscreen

    Our chief photographer can't see the point in the Picasso's 'panoramic' windscreen

  • Sat-nav graphics are clear and crisp, but the blue 'route line' of the planned journey is far too thin

    Sat-nav graphics are clear and crisp, but the blue 'route line' of the planned journey is far too thin

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Week ending July 28
Mileage 13,010
Miles driven this week 314

You may recall that the Citroen was heading rapidly for a service the other week. At least I thought it was…

The car had passed 12,000 miles, which seemed a perfectly reasonable time for a service so it was a perfectly normal assumption. But the other reason we thought the Picasso was due a check up was even clearer - it told us so. The 'Service' light on the dashboard came on.

However, when we turned up at the dealership, expecting to have to leave them the keys for the day, we were told that we didn't need a service after all. In fact, my car doesn't need servicing until 16,000 miles.

So I'll head back to the dealer in another couple of thousand miles, and ignore the light that is still shining on the instrument panel.

By John Bradshaw
John.Bradshaw@whatcar.com



Week ending July 14
Mileage 12,696
Miles driven this week 298

We have discussed the little touches that can add up to more than the sum of their parts in these reports before, and the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso keeps shining with more small but pleasing examples of thoughtful design.

One such feature is the ‘capless’ fuelling system. This means that filling up at a fuel station no longer involves fiddling with a key to unlock the filler cap.

With this system, you simply press the internal release button, insert the nozzle and fuel away. No drama, no fuss, and one less stress in your day.

By John Bradshaw
John.Bradshaw@whatcar.com


Week ending July 7
Mileage 12,398
Miles driven this week 172

Context is very important. That may seem obvious in our line of work, comparing one car to another, but it’s something that car buyers often don’t get to experience.

Take our Grand C4 Picasso’s gearbox, for example. Compared to many other manual transmissions, it’s nothing to write home about. Sure, it’s reasonably light to move around, but slotting it into gear makes it feel decidedly notchy.

However, it’s a world away from my previous long termer - the BMW 3 Series GT. In that car, the manual gearbox felt like it was from another decade. It was springy, stiff and transmitted far too much vibration from the engine to my fingertips.

So while the Citroen might not have the slickest shift in the business, it’s a much more comfortable proposition for me, which makes passing away all those miles that much more relaxing.

By John Bradshaw
John.Bradshaw@whatcar.com

Our cars: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso - June

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