Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Overall verdict
It might be named after a contrary painter, but the Picasso is as straightforward as you can get
Not as cool as the C3 Picasso, sadly.
What is it?
How many other big MPVs don't make you look like you've have a total excision of character, individuality and taste? None, that's how many. Well, not many. And they won't be as good as this.
Not the thing for power sliding around the Nurburgring, but a competent and well-judged suspension, although it crashes into big potholes with a bang. Will settle the little ones into a deep and peaceful slumber on a straight road, though, and surely that's the point?
A pair of 1.6-litre petrols offer 120bhp and 155bhp, while the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre HDI diesels offer 110bhp and 150bhp but, crucially, more torques. 2.0-litre HDI offers 50mpg and takes less than 10 seconds to hit 62mph.
On the inside
So much thought has been poured in to the masses of storage in the Picasso that it's a delight. Pockets, storage bins, torches in the boot, umbrellas, flip, slide and fold seating, big sunroofs, rear air-con; this car has it all and it makes it all but irresistible.
Citroen has tried hard here, so the Picasso feels more than able to stand up to the rigours of a three-toddler family, but tough-feeling plastics aren't necessarily the most tactile.
The Picasso makes a lot of sense as the 2.0-litre HDi. It's worth remembering that Citroen's incessant discounting is good for purchase, but softens residuals.