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The Citroën Grand C4 Picasso is a 7 passenger MPV which the critics are generally very fond of. They praise the clever family friendly design and the spacious, airy interior. The diesel engines in the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso get particularly good reviews, and shouldn’t be too expensive to fuel.


Interior
The Citroën Grand C4 Picasso is very good at being an MPV! When all seven seats are up there’s still a bit of room in the boot for some luggage. The seats themselves are very flexible with middle row seats getting sliding and reclining adjustments optimising comfort. Folding down the seats is a simple process and they even have fold out panels giving the Picasso a totally flat load bay. Quality is good too with soft touch plastics all round. Third row seats only have enough space for children however.

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Driving
Getting comfortable behind the wheel of a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso is easy for everyone thanks to a wide range of adjustment in the driver’s seat. There’s a great view out of the windscreen especially if you go for the optional Zenith windscreen which basically provides a larger glass area above your head making it easier to see out of. Handling is very MPV like though with quite a bit of body roll through the corners but on motorways it’s very comfortable.

Engines
There are plenty to choose from including two 1.6L petrol engines with 122bhp or 157bhp, a standard 1.6L diesel, a more economical 1.6L diesel and a 2.0L diesel.

The lower powered petrol gets a 5 speed manual gearbox while the rest get a choice between a 6 speed manual or a 6-speed EGS automatic. Reviewers say avoid the automatic gearbox if you can since its changes are slow and the best of the bunch is the standard 1.6L diesel which provides good performance and economy.

Value for money
Standard equipment on the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso is very generous with all cars getting six airbags as well as anti-skid control and an electric parking brake. If you choose an automatic model you also get a little fridge in the centre of the dashboard where the manual gearstick would have been. The big Citroen also is good value for money compared to rivals because it costs less to buy and is well equipped.

Worth noting
What the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso misses out on is rear sliding doors, meaning getting into the back or installing a child seat is not as easy as rivals such as the Kia Sedona or Chrysler Grand Voyager. Citroens also don’t hold their value as well as some competitors come resale time, but it is cheaper to buy in the first place.

Conclusion
Experts generally agree that the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso is a good value MPV that can easily seat 5 people plus two children in comfort and is great value compared to rivals. It’s also more pleasing to the eye compared to more boxy MPVs.