The first ever Picasso to be designed and produced by Citroen was the Xsara, in 1999. In 2006, the first ever seven seat Citroen C4 Grand Picasso was launched and now nine years down the line, the model is still evolving with the launch of the new 2015 Citroen C4 Grand Picasso.
The 2015 Grand Picasso still lives up to the MPV name as its predecessors. It is a seven-seater model having three rows of seat; two at the front, three at the middle and two foldable ones at the back. The car has come in with new designing ideas, cutting edge technology and a lot of options to choose from running from under the hood to the interior of the car.
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso Specifications
When you first catch a glance of the 2015 Grand Picasso, the first thing that will capture your attention is the unique exterior design. Citroen really wanted to do something different with this vehicle, something out of the norm and they literally pulled it off. This car has a lot of glass area. Unlike the normal windscreens, this car boasts of a wide panoramic wind screen that gives the driver almost 1800 scope of view. The sun roof is also purely made of glass thus bringing in more light into the interior and creating an airy feel in the car; though there is a cover to hide the glass when it is not needed. The headlights in this car sport a slender design which overall gives the car a great look.
Going under the hood of this family car, you have lots of options to choose from. There are various engine models being sold with the Grand Picasso and the price of the vehicle varies according to the type of engine you have, among other factors. The engines come in either petrol or diesel, with the petrol models offering either a VTR PureTech 1.6 liter or a THP 165 Exclusive 1.6 liter engine. The diesel engines come in either a VTR+ BlueHDi 1.6 liter or a BlueHDi Exclusive+ 2.0 liter engine. If you want power and speed, the 1.6 liter THP Exclusive will give you a better acceleration though at a low economy of 50.4 mpg. The 1.6 liter BlueHDi VTR+ passes the green test. It has an emission of 99g of CO2 per kilometer and a fuel economy of 74.3 mpg; ideal for people who love going green and don’t mind almost everyone passing them in the highway. Really deciding on the type of engine you will want under the hood of your Grand Picasso is much dependent on what you prefer. However, most people would advice that you go for the faster engine, though not so economical, if you don’t want to be a tortoise in the freeway.
The suspension is quite satisfactory. Citroen has fairly kept the suspension in this vehicle soft, making it effective in absorbing shock from bumps and lumps along the road ensuring you get a smoother ride. In terms of handling, the vehicle does pretty well in bends and does not lean to the sides much when taking a bend. However, there is not so much thrill associated with driving this vehicle largely attributed to the not so powerful engines that would give you a speed ride. It is easy on the hands though the steering may feel light at first but it gets heavier as you accelerate.
The interior of this car is nothing but spacious, classy and overall splendid. The car, just like its predecessors is a seven-seater. The leg room is incredibly big and your passengers will have little to complain about except for adults who you will take to the last row seats; due to the reduced leg room there. The back seats are also good for anyone who is not taller than six feet, due to the limited head room. However, the leg room is generally satisfactory. All the seats in the middle row are also wide enough to accommodate a baby seat, unlike what many seven-seaters offer. Moreover, the third row seats in the Exclusive + model of the Grand Picasso have air conditioning and the passenger seats also have an electric footrest and a massage function. The boot offers lots of space, ideal for a family trip or shopping. To get some extra boot space, the last two seats can be folded by the use of a latch, thus offering over 600 liters of boot space for use.
The dashboard in this car is of iconic design. Citroen has done away with almost all buttons on the dashboard with two LCD screens. These screens offer everything from entertainment to car safety features control. The vehicle gauges such as speed, revs and fuel meter are all displayed digitally and in the most expensive exclusive + model, the driver has the option of changing the layout of the gauges display. The units in the speedometer can also be changed to either the metric units or standard units. Apart from the gauges display, the software in the touch screens in this vehicle allows for sat-nav, Bluetooth connectivity, maps and radio reception. You can even monitor tire pressure via the LCD screens; this among other many functionalities provided by the car’s software.
In terms of safety, this car scored highly in adult protection ( 86% ) and highest in toddler protection ( 88% ) during the crash test. There are also software related safety features that keep the car on the road and on check. There is the lane assist system which warns you when you shift lanes without indicating by pulling the seat belt over your shoulder. There is the radar collision alert that slows down your vehicle when you are almost hitting another vehicle. These safety features have remarkably assisted the vehicle to score highly in the crash tests, thus giving a safety guarantee to its occupants.
Citroen C4 Picasso Crash Tests
At a starting price of 20000 Euros for a basic VTI model, this car is very ideal for the family. It has satisfactory engine power output for a family car, fantastic interior and a very unique exterior design.
2015 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Review