What's the used Citroën Grand C4 Picasso MPV like?
According to experts, it can cost up to £10,400 a year (including child care costs) to raise a child in the UK to the age of 18. And that’s before we consider driving school fees, helping out with further education and, of course, the odd bit of furniture in their first home. Happily, you can save some money by buying an inexpensive used MPV such as the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso, because early examples can be found for under £1000.
However, the Grand C4 Picasso doesn’t just have value on its side. It has enough space inside for seven seats, but its innovative design along with a vast number of hidden storage compartments means it’s great to live with. There are numerous petrol and diesel options available to suit all budgets: the 127bhp 1.8-litre petrol and 109bhp 1.6-litre diesel being the two most prevalent engines on the second-hand market.
The Grand C4 Picasso is almost identical to the smaller C4 Picasso, but the Grand is a bit longer and can, therefore, accommodate an extra row of seats in the back. Five adults can sit in comfort, but the back two are a bit of a squeeze, and certainly won’t take a child seat. The middle bench comes with three Isofix points and can slide forward and backwards to maximise leg room or extend the boot space. The third row of seats is quick and easy to fold into place, and there's still a bit of space for luggage when they're in use.
For an MPV, it's good to drive, with a soft ride that copes well with bumps. It does lean a little through corners, and the steering could do with more feel. The large windows give good visibility and allow children to be able to see what’s going on, which should help limit motion sickness. There is a fair amount of wind noise, though.
Standard equipment on the base model LX is a bit stingy with only cruise control, heated door mirrors and electric front windows. You’ll need an SX model to get air conditioning and VTR for smart-looking alloy wheels. Later VTR+ models got parking sensors. The top-of-the-range Exclusive has dual-zone climate control, more comfortable seats with lumbar support, and pneumatic rear suspension that maintains the vehicle’s ride height when fully loaded and can also lower the car to assist when loading heavy items.
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