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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Review

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      Launch year
      2013
      Body type
      MPV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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“Family-friendly transport for seven”

Best bits

  • Stylish inside and out
  • Excellent space for seven
  • Room for three child seats

Not so great

  • Touchscreen is not easy to use
  • Poor automatic gearbox on pre-facelift models
  • Not the best interior quality

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Overall verdict

"Big family cars need not be shapeless boxes that signal you’ve chosen practicality over any form of style – that’s the thinking behind the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso in any rate."

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso Front

The stylish and swooping lines don’t come at the expense of practicality, though, as this seven-seater is fantastically roomy inside with room for a large family and plenty of kit for long trips away, or just daily life.


One of the Grand C4 Picasso’s biggest assets is its rear five seats, and the versatility of those seats is a real boost to those with families with members of different ages. The seats in the middle row can be slid forwards and backwards individually and each comes with Isofix points. This means that this is one of only a few cars that can accommodate three separate child seats across the rear – a real bonus if you regularly carry around more than two kids.


The third row of two seats are not ones you would want to use for full-sized adults all the time – you could get a couple of grown-ups in there but they are not going to thank you for it if it is going to be a regular occurrence. It’s better suited to those shorter of stature. 


You get a great amount of boot space, too – drop all the seats and you get up to 2,181 litres in total, which makes the Citroen feel like a well-appointed van. Another van-like trick is the feature on top-spec versions that lets you drop the front passenger seat. This means you can slide in long thin items up to nine feet in length.


All this practicality is great, but the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso isn’t perfect. The interior materials are a bit mixed for example. The ones up top are alright, with some soft touch plastic and metal higher up on the dash and doors, but head a bit further down and things feel a bit scratchy and cheap. The upholstery on the lower trims feels a bit rough too, but it does feel as though it should stand up to the rigours of family life at least.


The engine range in the Grand C4 Picasso is fairly conventional, with one petrol engines and three diesels. Originally the petrol was a 1.6-litre unit, but at the 2016 facelift this was swapped for a 1.2-litre engine, which was a better option and more than capable of carrying around a full complement of passengers and kit despite its small capacity. There isn’t really a weak spot in the engine range, though, so it is a case of picking what suits your needs the best. The two lower powered diesels are 1.6-litre units while the top-of-the-range is a 2.0-litre engine.


The Grand C4 Picasso came with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. It’s worth noting that the pre-2016 models came with an automated manual (ETG6) transmission, which was slow and jerky, and this was swapped out for a far superior EAT6 auto gearbox at the facelift. This was much smoother and more relaxed, but you could only get it with the more powerful engines.


Driving enjoyment probably comes a long way down your list of priorities when it comes to choosing a seven-set MPV – it’s comfy rather than entertaining. It’s competitively priced, too, so will appeal to those who are after something that makes practical sense rather than something to excite.


If you're looking for the newer version, you need our Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer (2018-) review.

Is the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso right for you?

The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is fairly unashamed about what it is – it’s a sensible, practical and family-oriented seven-seat people carrier. Perfect for those that don’t want a big SUV but do have a big family to carry around.


It stands out from its rivals, and from the traditional MPV image, by being comparatively good looking rather than being a boring box on wheels. The inside is pretty smart, too – this is a car designed to make your family life easier rather than requiring you to adapt around the quirks of your car. Folding seats, space for three child seats and a comfy ride mean it is good for those for whom family is the top reason for buying a new car.

What's the best Citroen Grand C4 Picasso model/engine to choose?

You won’t be disappointed if the used Grand C4 Picasso that looks perfect in every other way turns out to be an entry-level Touch Edition – it comes with some excellent kit, in the form of cruise control with a speed limiter, two-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers and USB and Bluetooth connections. 


If you have the ability to step up to Feel then that would be the pick of the bunch as you get rear electric windows, the huge panoramic windscreen and front parking sensors.


The diesel engines with the more modern EAT6 automatic gearbox are the best fit for the Citroen’s relaxed character. The 120PS model is more efficient, so edges it as an all-round option.

What other cars are similar to the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso?

There are fewer traditional MPVs around these days as direct rivals to the Grand C4 Picasso, with the Ford S-MAX and Galaxy, Renault Grand Scenic and SEAT Alhambra/Volkswagen Sharan the main contenders.


If you want something that is more stylish and rugged looking then do as many have and look at a seven-seat SUV like the Skoda Kodiaq or Peugeot 5008. If you’ve got a bit more money to spare then the SUV class opens up options like the Volvo XC90 and Land Rover Discovery, too.

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Citroen C4 Grand Picasso Interior

On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification