Citroen has had a glorious return to form over the past couple of years. As recent reports suggest, they are even back into the black. So much so, that they are rewarding their staff with an average bonus of 2,000 euros each. There are plenty of examples of why they have achieved such great things – the success of the C4 Cactus being amongst them. And, with one of their latest models offering a more mainstream option to the C4 range, I thought I would take a look. Here are my thoughts on the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.
, of course, was a cubist painter, and with the boxy looks sported by the new C4, it’s obvious from where it took its name. And, as boxy cars go, it’s a looker. It’s elegant yet sturdy, in an almost typical French way. These types of squared cars often leave me feeling cold, but the Picasso has warmth from the outside; albeit as far from sporty as you can get. If you are looking for practicality, though, there is a lot to love.
The C4 Grand Picasso is spacious, welcoming and well-equipped. You have a glorious view out of the window to enjoy, and you can see most of the road in front of you. It’s one of the best views available on the market right now, according to car experts. The seats are comfortable, if a little boring, but there is enough style for the modern parent to enjoy. I would imagine it’s a family car above all else. The boot space is considerable, and by my reckoning, you could get three in the back. It’s a seven seater, too – but most people will be better off with the extra boot space.
There are plenty of devices to get your teeth into. The standard models come complete with air-con, USB sockets and Bluetooth, although you have to shoot up a grade to get digital radio. You’ll get with that upgrade, too. However, it’s not until you get to the top of the range models that you can expect sat-nav and a panoramic sunroof. But, although these things are nice to have, they certainly aren’t a deal clincher.
On the road
Let’s take a look at the performance now. Of course, how a car handles is a matter of preference. I strongly suggest that you take one out for a test drive if you are interested. I found a good range of , which will allow you a spin, so check out your local area for a Citroen dealer. The reason I say this is because, there is no better way of getting to know a car. Don’t get me wrong – there was nothing wrong about it. It’s safe, secure, and the view gives you a lot of space to watch out for problems. It’s just a little dull for my tastes. On the side, the suspension seemed robust, and the steering is nice and light. Perhaps a family car for city dwellers, then, rather than those who travel on faster roads.
Another issue I had was with speed. Again, this may not be a problem for you, but I found it could get a little noisy at relatively low speeds. That said, regarding external noise, the windows and doors do a solid job in keeping the wind and traffic sound out. It’s not bad – and you could even call it good for the money. But, if you are looking for something quick out of the box, then you might find a better alternative elsewhere.
The Grand Picasso is available new from around £20,000, going up to £27K for the top range models. It’s not a bad price, as it goes. And, you should certainly be looking for a good deal somewhere. I have seen them going second hand for as low as sixteen grand, which makes it a bit of a bargain if you are prepared to wait it out. Fuel efficiency is decent – expect to spend no more than £11 per hundred miles at optimum speeds.
All in all, I found the Grand Picasso to be a good effort from Citroen. There’s not much to love, but plenty to admire – and at that price, it’s a good deal. You can certainly see why Citroen are making positive moves in the right direction. But, if I had the cash, the car I would spend on is still the Cactus.