The Grand Picasso undercuts equivalent versions of the Ford S-Max and VW Touran, so if you need to regularly carry seven adults, it makes a lot of sense financially.
You do need to choose your version carefully, though. For example, the 2.0-litre diesel models are rather expensive, so are best avoided, whereas the 1.6 diesels represent good value for money – especially if you manage to haggle a good discount with your dealer, which you shouldn’t have much trouble doing.
Resale values aren’t very impressive but the Picasso won’t shed its worth as quickly as most big Citroëns. Meanwhile, company car drivers will be quids-in thanks to the 1.6 diesel’s low CO2 emissions.
Citroën Grand C4 Picasso equipment
Entry-level Touch models come with air conditioning, dual-zone climate control and alloy wheels, although it’s worth stepping up to at least Feel (the second rung on the ladder) because you’ll also get the 12.0in panoramic central display (see infotainment), sat-nav and front and rear parking sensors.
The range-topping Flair trim adds a panoramic sunroof and a reversing camera. Families are also likely to find the standard-fit keyless entry, hands-free tailgate opening and fold-down aircraft style tray tables on the front seatbacks highly desirable.
The options list is bewildering and dominated by packs. The Kids’ Pack is useful (a rear observation mirror and sunblinds) and relatively inexpensive. Another, the Feel Convenience Pack, brings a stack of extras, including radar-guided cruise control and a powered tailgate.
Citroën Grand C4 Picasso reliability
The Grand C4 Picasso was too new to be included in the most recent JD Power ownership satisfaction survey. However, the previous model did feature and was one of the least reliable MPVs. Owners reported a high number of CD player problems, and the car’s side windows also caused plenty of headaches.
Meanwhile, Citroën as a brand finished a disappointing 18th (out of 26th manufacturers) in the survey for overall reliability, which doesn’t bode well, either.
The three-year warranty has no mileage limit in years one and two, which is impressive. However, the third year is a so-called dealer warranty where mileage limit is restricted to 60,000 miles, so it’s not as generous as it at first appears. That said, it’s typical of most rivals’ warranties. Kia’s seven-year warranty is by far the most generous.
Citroën Grand C4 Picasso safety & security
Six airbags are fitted as standard on all versions of the Grand Picasso, including curtain ’bags for front-seat passengers and those in the middle row. Disappointingly, people in the third row are left unprotected.
The Grand C4 Picasso hasn’t been crash tested by Euro NCAP, but the regular five-seat C4 Piccaso, on which it’s based, has. It scored lower marks for adult occupant protection than the rival Ford S-Max and VW Touran. It did outscore the S-Max for keeping small children safe in an accident, although again the Touran proved even better at this.
Range-topping Flair models have a raft of safety assist systems, including one that alerts you if another car lingers in your blind spot. You also get active seatbelts. It’s an excellent package that makes the top-spec Grand Picasso a safe family car. These systems are optional on Feel trim but not available at all on the entry-level Touch Edition.
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