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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso long term test

THAT'S GRAND: Introducing our new long term test car: Citroen's seven-seat Grand C4 Picasso
THAT'S GRAND: Introducing our new long term test car: Citroen's seven-seat Grand C4 Picasso

PICTURE the smug Frenchman shrugging nonchalant shoulders with an upturned lip.

The thought of having cruise control switches which are easily located.

The thought of having traditional keys.

Or even the thought of cup holders which can actually handle a takeaway coffee larger than a piccolo.

Which is why the Citroen Grand C4 Grand Picasso is such a surprise packet.

Sure there are strong French design quirks, but common sense is brimming from this seven-seater which is a worthy contender in the people-mover segment with a retail price of $44,990.

Helping to sweeten that deal at the moment is a free tech pack which includes some uber cool safety gadgets, such as lane departure warning, radar cruise control which maintains a safe distance from vehicles in front, a seat belt which warns the driver when they are straying outside the lane and a collision warning system.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. Photo: Contributed
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. Photo: Contributed Juris Puisens - JP PHOTO

Citroen equates that to being worth about $5000, and collectively for your 45 grand that makes this big Picasso an alluring package even when weighing it up against the more traditional looking extended family hauler such as Kia's Carnival and Honda's Odyssey.

Had we just sampled the Picasso for a short period, we have no doubt we would have returned the keys feeling somewhat nonplussed. But after an extended period we're beginning to feel somewhat "ooh la la".

With accommodation for three adult bikes, an ability to drop the seats (once you master the right straps to pull), aeroplane-like trays for those in the second row and an ultra-thrifty diesel donk, the Picasso has already proven itself a brilliant family wagon.

Over the coming weeks we're putting two families through the Grand C4 Picasso to see whether French flair can combine with smart sensibilities.

First impressions have intrigued us, so stay tuned for updates as we get to grips with life in the big Citroen.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. Photo: Contributed
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. Photo: Contributed

Vital statistics

Model: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Exclusive.

Details: Seven-seat front-wheel drive people-mover.

Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel generating maximum power of 110kW @ 4000rpm and peak torque of 370Nm @ 2000 rpm.

Transmission: Six-speed automatic.

Consumption: 4.6 litres/100km (combined average, 18 inch wheels).

Performance 0-100km: 10.2 seconds; top speed 207kmh.

CO2: 120g/km.

Bottom line plus on-roads: $44,990.

Topics:  long term motoring review road test


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