What's the used Citroën Grand C4 Picasso MPV like?
Pity the poor family man, weighed down by the burden of transporting his growing brood, yet deeply desirous of making the same good impression on passers-by as he did when he was young and carefree.
The Citroën Grand C4 Picasso - known from 2018 as the Grand C4 Spacetourer - might be seen by some as the answer to this particular prayer, as it combines seven seats with a body that goes way against the MPV norm by being both stylish and almost pleasant to look at.
The first-generation version was large and swoopy, and combined exceptional practicality with reasonable driving manners. This second-gen model upped the looks factor and was much nicer to drive. It’s also extremely practical: it can be a five-seater with a cavernous boot or a seven-seater with a good-sized one. On top of that, all models are well equipped and there were a range of options available when new that could make the job of transporting your family that bit easier.
The engines are strong, too, including three diesels – two 1.6-litre units in differing states of tune and a more powerful 2.0-litre one – as well as a 1.2-litre petrol that’s both punchy and smooth.
There are three well-equipped trim options, with even the entry-level Touch offering air-con, electric windows and a 7.0in touchscreen. However, next-step-up Feel offers a huge 12.0in driver display, sat-nav and rear parking sensors. Top-spec Flair is great, too, but it was pricey new, which might translate into unnecessary expense on the used car forecourt.
On the road, it rides and handles well for a car of this size and is reasonably refined. The light steering makes easy work of parking and low-speed manoeuvres. However, it’s also rather numb, so doesn’t inspire confidence on faster roads. The Grand C4 Picasso’s supple suspension deals with big bumps pretty well, however, so you won’t wince every time you encounter a speed bump. Unfortunately, patchy, eroded surfaces unsettle the car a little too easily, especially at low speeds, meaning a trip through town isn’t as comfortable as it might be.
The Grand C4 Picasso has long been one of our favourite MPVs and prices on the used car market are now looking particularly attractive, so anyone anxious to add a touch of panache to their family motoring could do a lot worse than checking one out. And it shouldn’t, despite its practicality, cost you a fortune to run.
Potential purchasers should note that as mentioned in 2018 the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso became the Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer, along with some mild revisions to the engine range and the equipment lists and some safety kit, bringing the firm's MPV range into line with its top model, the nine-seat Spacetourer.