Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (2014 – 2018) Review
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (2014 – 2018) At A Glance
The Citroen C4 Grand Picasso is one of a rare breed. It’s a seven-seater that manages to still offer a degree of style, and it looks genuinely different to the boxy van-like image of traditional MPVs. The seven-seat MPV is a bit of a rarity in itself these days, with buyers tempted away into SUVs like the Skoda Kodiaq and Peugeot 5008, but there are still traditional rivals to the Grand C4 Picasso, like the Renault Grand Scenic, SEAT Alhambra and Ford S-MAX. The Grand C4 Picasso was on sale from 2014-2018, with the latest model now going by the Grand C4 SpaceTourer name.
The biggest people carrier in Citroen’s range, the Grand C4 Picasso, looks genuinely different from traditional boxy family-movers.
Thankfully the designers didn’t forget about practicality. The Grand C4 Picasso is extremely spacious, with mountains of front and rear legroom. After a few minutes of familiarisation, all the mechanisms for shuffling and folding the seats are straightforward and don’t require much effort.
There’s also a third row of two seats, which fold out from the floor easily and can seat a small adult at a push. They’re better suited to children though.
There is generous boot space with the third row folded flat and the load volume can be expanded by sliding the middle row forward. It grows to a colossal 2181 litres with the middle row folded flat and if you have a long object carry the front passenger seat also folds on top spec versions, making it possible to stow loads of nine feet in length.
It might be practical, but the Grand C4 Picasso isn’t without its flaws – some of the interior plastics feel cheap and the glovebox is all but useless because the fuse box hasn’t been relocated for right hand drive. That said there are plenty of cubby holes, plus neat features like a removable torch in the boot and flip-up picnic tables in the seat backs.
Generally speaking the quality of materials is good. It’s not quite as solid as a Volkswagen but it’s by no means bad.
There’s a good mixture of soft touch plastic and metal on the dashboard and door tops, but lower down some of the plastics are a little scratchy and feel a bit cheap. The upholstery feels a bit rough on lower trim levels, but at least it should stand the test of time.
There are plenty of nice touches to add to the appeal of the Grand C4 Picasso, including massaging seats and high-tech functions like automatic parking. There are also wipe down rubber floor mats – handy if you have passengers with muddy boots. Additionally, there's a touchscreen infotainment system which controls most functions, including air conditioning and radio.
The engine range is straightforward, with a petrol and three diesels. They're all very good, so you can't really go wrong, but if you regularly carry a fully-laden car then the extra torque of a diesel will come in handy.
The Grand C4 Picasso is at its best with the smooth EAT6 auto transmission too, which is only available paired to a diesel engine.
The Ford S-MAX is a more enjoyable car to drive, but if you're more concerned with comfort than surprising B-road dynamics you can't go too far wrong with the Grand C4 Picasso. It's huge, family-friendly and relaxing, plus it comes with a good level of equipment even in the basic Touch trim level. It's even competitive on price, so it's very easy to recommend.