Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 2018
You had to give people at Citroen credit to name one of their cars Picasso. Not the reasons you might think.
Certainly, at a glance, it seems the height of complacency to name your people after one of the true art masters. But then you take a closer look at Picasso’s work; All are strangely famous, disproportionate and kind of messy.
It all works well in a picture, but it’s not exactly exactly what a car designer is striving for.
Regardless, the seven-seater Citroen Grand C4 Picasso has been rocking Australia’s new car market for a number of years now, only without ever making a splash on sales charts. But the big Citroen was updated last year, with the French carmaker adjusting its cabin design and technology in an attempt to attract more customers into its flagging model.
So should the updated Grand C4 Picasso be included in your shopping list?
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
Is there anything interesting about its design? Did you see this? Suddenly all things Picasso is starting to make more sense. In short, this is not your average mover person, and it looks like a million miles from boring van like human to gearshift you can be used to.
Outside, the two-tone paintwork of our test car gave Picasso a youthful, fun look, aided by large alloys, bizarre shaped windows and front LEDS strips.
Climb inside, and great technology dominates the dash area, sitting under the huge windshield, it’s like sitting in the front row at an IMAX theater. The two-tone materials and color schemes work well inside, and while some touch points don’t feel too premium, they all feel compatible.
How realistic is the inner space? 9/10
It just so happened, during a week of driving a Citroen, I had to choose a new sofa bed. And while doubting (but refusing to measure, obviously) the dimensions would overwhelm Picasso, I gave it a crack regardless.
Surprisingly, once you flatten the two rear seats, the Grand C4 Picasso really becomes a small mobile truck. The first time reducing seats is a bit difficult, but the space is super impressive once it is done. Citroen requires 165 liters with all three rows in place, up to 793 liters with the second row folded flat and 2181 liters in full mini valve mode.
But Citroen’s title act is the clever little things you discover more as you go along. For example, there was a small flashlight in the boot, which I used in Operation Sofa Bed. A pair of rearview mirrors help you see what the kids are doing in the back seat and the passenger seat has this leg rest or padded bench, which isn’t a million miles away from the feature provided in German premiums are the most expensive, only for a fraction of the cost
The second row is also mounted individually, so you can slide them forward and back to configure the space as you like. As a result, the space in any of the three rows oscillates somewhere between good and great, depending on how you work the seat.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
With just one trim level Exclusive Exclusive, it’s a fairly simple option here, folks; gasoline or diesel. Choose the petrol, and you’ll part with $ 39,450, but if you choose the diesel engine fitted to our test vehicle, that price will skyrocket significantly to $ 45,400.
That money buys you a five-door, seven-seat Grand Picasso, sits on 17-inch alloy wheels and serves automatic headlights and cool puddle lights that illuminate the footpath as you approach. It is also a one-touch launch, open and close on demand.
Inside are fabric seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless start and push-button start, while cabin technology is covered by a killer 12-inch central screen combined with stereo sound. six speakers, along with a second seven-inch screen that handles all your driving information.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine of the Grand C4 Picasso has a capacity of 110kW at 4000 rpm and 370kW at 2000 rpm, and pairs with a six-speed torque converter that automatically switches the engine. yield to the front wheels.
That’s enough to create a 10.2 second sprint to 100km / h, and a top speed of 207km / h.
As mentioned above, you can get a petrol model with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine producing 121kW and 240Nm. This is a new addition to the lineup, with the pre-facelifted version of the Grand C4 Picasso being just a diesel engine. The petrol also has a six-speed torque converter, which is FWD, and performs 0-100km / h in 10.2 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 210km / h.