Every day, we take a look at a few of the cars that we are living with. Today, it's the turn of the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, Ford Fiesta ST and the Honda Civic Tourer.
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
Three people and three bikes. That doesn’t sound like much for an MPV to carry, especially when that MPV is the seven-seat Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. Things are rarely so simple in real life, though, so I wasn’t totally convinced that it’d all fit in easily.
You see, a group of friends and I did the London to Brighton charity bike ride recently, and I selected the big Citroen as a taxi to take three of us and our bikes home afterwards.
I left the Citroen in the outskirts of Brighton on the Saturday afternoon, then returned to it (feeling rather tired) having ridden to the south coast on the Sunday.
That tiredness turned to genuine concern after I’d folded down four of the seats, though: the space this created didn’t look large enough for three bikes, even with their front wheels off.
Thankfully, with a bit of creative packing, the bikes fitted safely inside – which was a huge relief to one of my friends, because it meant he didn’t have to ride 50-odd miles home!
So, if you’ve got a mixture of people and (bulky) kit to move, the Grand C4 Picasso really is grand.
By Barnaby Jones
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In the car park
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By John Howell