Feedback

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 THP Review: Out Of The Box

Derryn Wong
21/07/2015


SINGAPORE –

A Picasso? Looks more cute than Cubist…
Citroen’s always loved to think out of box, as the Cactus compact cross-hatch shows, and even its MPVs, like the C4 Picasso launched here last year in diesel guise prove as much.

The people mover, which comes in five-seat (non-Grand) and seven-seat (Grand, as driven here) versions, has always had a space age look and feel that’s refreshingly out of the box.


What’s new in art school then?

As we’ve seen with many Continental cars like the Renault Fluence, the switch to diesel power is an effort to keep final prices lower by slipping in under the Cat A power cap of 130bhp. It’s a tack that’s worked for Volkswagen and Volvo, amongst others.

That’s the reason the C4 Picasso debuted with a 114bhp diesel engine last year, but while it’s still a competent, attractive package overall, the sticking point is, as it is with so many Peugeot – Citroen products, the single-clutch automated manual gearbox.

It’s a real YMMV thing, that gearbox: some CarBuyer staffers would like to kill it with fire, personally I think it can be driven around if you’re not fussy, and it only adds to efficiency.

So if I just wanna close my eyes and hit the gas…
The petrol powered C4 Picasso shown here lets you do that for $15k more and with it comes the familiar 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that makes a generous 165bhp and 240Nm of torque. Though you’d better keep your eyes open, since it smoothes out all the lurches you’d otherwise have to work around, and gives the car plenty more top end punch.

At the low end it doesn’t give much away to the diesel either, and completes the century sprint in a whole 2.3 seconds less. On that note, the brawny petrol doesn’t kill trees a huge much more than its diesel brethren on paper, at 5.6L/100km and 130g/km of C02, compared to 4.0L/100km and 105g/km, but you’ll have to work harder to be green in this one, obviously.

That sounds like a fair tradeoff. How’s everything else?
Kept intact are the Picasso’s elegant road manners too. It rides well, if with a little of the thumpiness cars meant to carry seven always seem to have. The handling is tidy and the steering tactile and light, while the huge acreage of glass lets everyone enjoy lots of light and the feeling of space.

Citroen’s driving screen layout is one of the better fully-digital driving displays around, there’s also a seven-inch infotainment display with the typical functions (nav, Bluetooth, car settings) although it still has a noticeable half-second lag.

The second row is spacious and gets tray tables and controllable AC blowers and sun shades, while third row has space typical of a small MPV – kids will be fine but adults may protest maltreatment even if they get their own cup holders and AC controls.

Seven-Seat Madness: Big & Small 7-Seat MPVs/SUVs Tested
Honda Odyssey
Volkswagen Sharan
Mazda Biante
Nissan X-Trail
Kia Sorento
New 2016 Volkswagen Touran

Should I buy this one?
All in all the Grand C4 Picasso remains a strong choice for seven seat MPV and this exactly reminds us why, as it’s better equipped, feels well made and packs more panache than a typical East Asian people-box.

The petrol’s key rival is, as usual, within the range: $15k might be a whole lot to some, and some will surely balk at the premium over the more efficient diesel asking why pay a near 10 percent premium for a smoother drive train you can get used to?

The answer is that at least now you have a choice and the petrol powered Picasso gives away very little to its diesel brother indeed.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
Engine 1,598cc, 16V, inline 4, turbocharged
Power 165bhp at 6000rpm
Torque 240Nm at 1400rpm
Gearbox 6-speed automatic
Top Speed 189km/h
0-100kmh 10.0 seconds
Fuel efficiency 5.6L/100km
CO2 130g/km

Price $160,988 with COE

Availability Now

Tags:

About the Author

Derryn Wong

CarBuyer's chief editor brings 15 years of experience in automotive journalism. Previously, he was the editor for Top Gear Singapore, and a presenter for CNA's Cruise Control motoring segment. He's contributed to The Business Times, Today, and many other publications, and also covered technology as editor of Stuff magazine. An avid motorcyclist and photographer, he is the Chief Slave of two cats. Follow him on Instagram @werryndong

Related Models

One thought on “Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 THP Review: Out Of The Box”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

CarBuyer – Revolutionizing The Online Car Marketplace In Singapore

Buy Used And New Cars Online
Start your car buying journey with CarBuyer as we connect you seamlessly to the industry’s best CaseTrust-SVTA accredited car dealerships. As a one stop car online portal you can now buy your new ride, be it a pre-owned car or a brand new car from trusted dealers all over Singapore, all in one place. Our ever expanding listing of quality and covet-worthy cars, new and second hand, from both owners and trusted car dealers, will leave you spoilt for choice. Refine your search by vehicle type, registration year, price, mileage, engine type, transmission, annual depreciation value and more to find the car that best suits your needs, taste and lifestyle. You can even search for your car by dealer or directly by owner.

Sell Your Car In An Instant With Confidence
We all know how selling a car in Singapore can be a daunting task especially for a first time car seller; from trying to get a valuation for your car, finding a trusted dealer, to getting the best quote on your vehicle. CarBuyer understands the hassle and even the costs involved and have as such partnered with Huawei to develop a FIRST in Southeast Asia AI car valuation tool that is able to provide a car’s resale value at the snap of a finger. Backed with a consortium of trusted CaseTrust-SVTA accredited car dealers you can be assured that you are getting the best price for your vehicle and do not have to worry about any hidden costs.

The Ultimate Car Shopping Experience Online
CarBuyer platform is the first of its kind to be backed by Huawei’s Artificial Intelligence and cloud computing, enabling it to be able to offer users transparency and enhanced security, all with the one aim of enhancing customer experience. So come on over to buy and sell used cars online at the best prices at CarBuyer Singapore. Connect easily with dealers in real-time via our online video call feature, or schedule a test drive when you’re ready. Have some questions? Get them answered instantly with our chatbot moderated by our responsive team. Stay in the loop with our car-related tips, reviews and news. Learn the ins-and-outs of your car, as well as global and Singapore’s car updates at your own pace.