Review: Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (2014 – 2018)
Impressive ride quality. Very practical and family friendly. Good engine selection.
Touchscreen interface isn't the easiest to use. Useless glovebox.
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (2014 – 2018): At A Glance
When it comes to MPVs, particularly those with seven seats, finding anything with any amount of style or panache is very difficult – or at least it was until Citroen launched the C4 Grand Picasso. The biggest people carrier in Citroen’s range looks genuinely different from traditional boxy family-movers.
Thankfully the designers didn’t forget about practicality. The new C4 Grand 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.
Indeed the C4 Grand Picasso’s biggest strength is its versatile seating arrangement and spacious cabin. The middle row is big enough for three adults and has Isofix mounting points for three child seats. 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 C4 Grand 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.
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 C4 Grand 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 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 competetive on price, so it's very easy to recommend.
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Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (2014 – 2018): What's It Like Inside?
Citroen has worked hard to make the cabin of the C4 Grand Picasso more than just practical – it’s also smartly laid out and attractively trimmed – the sculpted dashboard is stylish and the central, digital instrument binnacle works really well. Front seat drivers and passengers should settle in quickly.
The rear two rows of seats are more important in a car like this and they’re really very good once you get used to the mechanisms for folding them and moving them around. The middle row consists of three separate seats on all but base models, each easily capable of seating an adult comfortably since there’s plenty of leg and headroom.
The seats can be slid forward and backwards independently and each has an Isofix mounting point, so you can get three child seats in side by side. The rear two seats will probably spend most of their time folded into the boot floor, but they’re not too tricky to flip out once you’ve familiarised yourself with the way they work.
They’re not quite as big as those in the middle row but you could, at a push, fit adults in for short trips. They’re really designed for children though and for that purpose they’re fine. Access is good too, thanks to the clever layout of the middle row of seats – the seat bottoms flip up so the whole seat unit can be moved further forward, making for a bigger gap to get into the back row.
With the rearmost seats folded flat there’s 638 litres of load space, which can be expanded to 793 litres by sliding the middle row forward, or to a colossal 2181 litres by folding the middle row flat. Furthermore the front passenger seat can be folded flat on upper trim levels, meaning items as long as nine feet can be loaded.
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 C4 Grand Picasso, including massaging seats and high tech functions like automatic parking. There are also wipe down rubber floot 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.
Sadly it’s not the best system around– some of the functions are hard to find and it’s a bit slow to react. Luckily the screen itself is clear, as are the dials in the LCD instrument binnacle. This can be reconfigured and laid out in different graphical styles, which is a neat touch. You can even set your own wallpaper image.
Specifications (from 2016)
Touch Edition comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, speed limiter, two-zone climate control, reversing sensors, engine start button, auto lights, auto wipers, Bluetooth, USB and AUX connections.
Feel adds emergency brake assistance, rear electric windows, row two air vents, additional 12V outputs for rear passengers, front parking sensors, panoramic windscreen.
Flair adds blind spot monitor, veloiur mats, third row air conditioning, electric tailgate, park assist, integrated rear window blinds, driver ans passenger massage function, fold flat front passenger seat (for loading), electric front passenger foot rest.
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What's the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (2014 – 2018) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.2 Puretech 130 to 2.0 BlueHDi EAT6
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 34–62 mpg
If you’re buying an MPV then a dynamic drive is unlikely to be top of your priorities – you’d probably prefer a comfortable and quiet car that soaks up the miles. That’s exactly what you’ll get with the C4 Grand Picasso, which is impressively relaxed and easy to drive, yet manages to avoid feeling unstable and wobbly through corners.
The steering is very light, but it’s precise and responds fairly quickly. It’s not exactly communicative, but this is a seven-seater not a sports car. You probably won't expect great handling through corners, but the C4 Grand Picasso is a pleasant surprise – there isn't a huge amount of body roll. Indeed, if you’re caught out by an unexpected tight bend the Citroen copes well thanks to strong brakes and plenty of front end grip.
Visibility is good too. The C4 Grand Picasso has the largest glazed area of any car in its class and it really shows. On all but basic Touch models the windscreen is a huge, panoramic affair which lets in lots of light and gives excellent forward vision. Additionally the windscreen pillars are split to maximise visibility at junctions or roundabouts.
That's really handy with such a big car, much like the automatic parking system. If you’re not keen on the odea of parking such a big car then it’s a useful extra, capable of parallel parking and bay parking. It makes what is a very bulky vehicle more manageable in day-to-day driving. Beware though, as this system isn't standard fit, and earlier base model cars don't even have parking sensors - though they are standard now.
Citroen originally offered 1.6-litre petrols and a choice of three diesels, but from 2016 the engine range was completely overhauled - and for the better. Even the 130PS PureTech petrol engine works well with the Grand Picasso, despite being a tiny 1.2.
But the diesel engines, in 100PS, 120PS and 150PS forms, are a better fit for the car's relaxed and comfortable character, especially when paired to the EAT6 automatic transmission. It's smooth but responsive and it frees up some extra cabin storage, thanks to a slim, steering-column mounted gear selector.
|1.2 Puretech 130||57 mpg||10.8 s||115–116 g/km|
|1.2 Puretech 130 EAT6||55 mpg||10.8 s||115 g/km|
|1.6 BlueHDi||71 mpg||11.6 s||106 g/km|
|1.6 BlueHDi 100||74 mpg||13.1 s||99 g/km|
|1.6 BlueHDi 120||71 mpg||11.6–11.7 s||105–106 g/km|
|1.6 BlueHDi 120 Automatic||72 mpg||11.5 s||103 g/km|
|1.6 BlueHDi Automatic||69 mpg||11.5 s||105 g/km|
|1.6 BlueHDi EAT6||69–72 mpg||11.5 s||103–105 g/km|
|1.6 e-HDi 115||71 mpg||12.1 s||105 g/km|
|1.6 e-HDi 115 ETG6||67–71 mpg||12.6 s||104–105 g/km|
|1.6 e-HDi 90 ETG6||74 mpg||14.0 s||98 g/km|
|1.6 THP||46–48 mpg||9.2 s||137–140 g/km|
|1.6 THP 165 EAT6||46–57 mpg||8.7 s||130–134 g/km|
|1.6 VTi||45 mpg||12.6 s||145 g/km|
|2.0 BlueHDi||66–69 mpg||9.8 s||110–113 g/km|
|2.0 BlueHDi 150||66–69 mpg||9.8 s||107–111 g/km|
|2.0 BlueHDi Automatic||64–66 mpg||10.2 s||117–120 g/km|
|2.0 BlueHDi EAT6||64–66 mpg||10.1 s||112–115 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (2014 – 2018)
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