New Citroën Grand C4 Picasso builds on the tried and tested MPV formula.
The new Citroën Grand C4 Picasso may not be the most beautiful, fastest, cleverest or cheapest car on the planet, but if you’re after a box that can efficiently ferry seven people and their luggage, then you’ll be hard pressed to find something better.
Citroën’s new Efficient Modular Platform 2 – EMP2 for short – underpins the new Grand C4 Picasso. This has paved the way for an extended wheelbase of 2.84 metres, freeing up more space for those sat in rows two and three.
The aluminium and steel EMP2 platform provides other benefits. The Grand C4 Picasso weighs 110kg less than the existing model yet provides an additional 56 litres of load space. With the front two seats in their forward-most position boot space is 793 litres.
Reduced weight and improved aerodynamics has increased fuel economy and reduced C02 emissions by an average of 30g/km across the range. The e-HDI 90 Airdream ETG6 model, for instance, can do an impressive 74.3mpg yet only emits 98g/km of CO2 emissions.
A new 6-speed ETG6 gearbox available with the e-HDi 90 and e-HDi 115 models allows the driver to switch between manual and automatic at any time.
Safety systems include radar-guided active cruise control, which matches your speed to the driver in front, video lane departure warning to alert you when you stray out of lane without indication, ultrasonic blind spot monitoring and intelligent beam headlights that take care of full beam and dip automatically.
VTR, VTR+, Exclusive and Exclusive+ trim levels make up the range. VTR is your entry-level offering and has 16-inch alloys, daytime-running LEDs, 7-inch Touch Drive interface, air-conditioning, 6-speaker stereo, steering wheel controls plus Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
VTR+ ups the ante with ‘aircraft-style tray tables’, rear under floor storage, rear parking sensors, DAB digital radio and dual-zone temperature settings. Spend even more and the Exclusive trim includes keyless start and entry, 17-inch alloys, reversing camera and a 12-inch panoramic HD display.
At the top of the range is the Exclusive, with its dark tinted windows, LED 3D-effect rear lights, luxury velour carpet mats any child will undoubtedly destroy in seconds, integrated dashboard scented air freshener for disguising the smell of youth, Park Assist, reading spotlight and a motorised rear tailgate with programmable opening height memory.
The VTi 120 manual VTR starts the new Grand C4 Picasso off at £19,200, while the ultra-efficient e-HDi 90 Airdream ETG6 VTR starts at £20,595. Most expensive is the BlueHDi 150 automatic Exclusive+, priced from £27,855. All versions are on sale now.
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