Citroen C4 Grand Picasso Estate 2007-2010

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso Estate 2007-2010

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Pioneering design
  • Spacious and high-quality interiors
  • Powerful, reliable engines
  • Seats 7 people

Cons:

  • Issues concerning the interiors
  • The two seats at the rear can only fit children

Overview

The C4 Grand Picasso Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) is a family car that offers practicality with a new and stylish design. It has enough space to comfortably fit 7 passengers with the option of being able to slide the back seats forwards and backwards to either increase the luggage space or legroom for the back seat passengers. The C4 Grand Picasso is similar to its smaller brother, the C4 Picasso with the only differences between the two being that the Grand is bigger, the rear end is styled differently and the smaller Picasso only seats five. The back row of seats is only really big enough for children to sit in comfortably. These seats can be quickly and easily folded up or down while there is still room for some luggage with them up.

Exterior and Interior

The Grand Picasso's sleek body design has attracted many customers. The new design incorporates a new windscreen that extends further back than most ending just behind the driver. To stop glare distracting the driver, blinds have been added. The Citroen Grand Picasso continues to have problems with the quality of the interior. Some seem to damage easily and they certainly do not seem to be bale to cope with much wear and tear, a real disappointment for a car which is designed for a family. As with the standard Picasso, you have several trim levels to choose from. The SX trim is a good choice and is well equipped as standard and we would be tempted to pay more for the VTR+ which includes climate control, parking sensors and electric windows all round.

Performance and Economy

The engines available in the Grand Picasso are the same as the standard Picasso. We would opt for the diesel options, either 1.6-litre (46mpg) or the 2.0-litre (49mpg). Whilst the petrol engines will satisfy most people the diesel options are better both on economy and wear.

Like to Drive

The engines available in the Grand Picasso are the same as the standard Picasso. We would opt for the diesel options, either 1.6-litre (46mpg) or the 2.0-litre (49mpg). Whilst the petrol engines will satisfy most people the diesel options are better both on economy and wear.

Faults and Repairs

As we have already mentioned the biggest problem with the Grand Picasso is the interior. Although it looks fine and seem to be built well, we can not ignore report from numerous owners who have voiced their complaints. Watch out also for any problems in the EGS gearbox as there were some on the earlier models. Also expect higher than average servicing bills with this vehicle.


Overall Rating:
Review by proweb10
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"Why bother?"

Exterior and Interior

The exterior look of the car is great and very modern looking however, front quarter panels are plastic and flimsy (they buckle when you lean on them) and the rear tailgate is something aluminum like, which whilst keeping weight down, makes shutting the boot noisy and it feels like it won't last. The interior is spacious and generally well laid out, however this is obviously a car made for left hand drive countries, as the bonnet release is in the passenger's footwell and the wiper blade wipes farther to the left than the right. It is a bit grey inside and we had an issue with the left hand top compartment sticking (it would not open at all). Also the general space in the compartments in the front is small, so limits what you can hold. Visibility is generally good, due to a large windscreen and smallish pillars.

Performance and Economy

We bought the diesel version for economy. This principle works on longer journeys (i.e. up to Scotland) but around town we seem to be forever putting diesel in. As for performance, the car has top end speed but no doubt due to it's weight is a bit slow off the mark at times. Also one major concern here is that the automatic gearbox seems to decide to change up to 3rd (from 2nd) at the worst time (i.e. when pulling off from a roundabout, so you end up suddenly losing power with cars coming at you and no matter how hard your foot is on the floor it won't accelerate. This is very dangerous and often scary.

Like to Drive

The ride is good and it doesn't wallow round corners, due to being a wide car with a low ride height, however the power issue on the auto is a concern and you really feel potholes and bumps in this car. It is good for long journeys due to the space. Despite it's size this is an easy car to drive. <

Faults and Repairs

Electrics have been poor with this car. It regularly blows bulbs (costing a small fortune) and has supposedly had the fuse box replaced, which should not be necessary on a car this age. The boot lock packed up while we were on holiday, so access was an issue. This was apparently an electrical switch fault which was not covered by the warranty we took out and didn't cover this. Also there was an issue with the particle filter on at least 2 occasions. Overall I have not been impressed with the faults.
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