CITROEN’S WORK OF ART

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Drive Way - Richard Berry

WELL done; you've passed the think­ing-out­side-the-box test.

The very fact that you're here read­ing about peo­ple movers means you haven't just fol­lowed every­body else down the SUV path.

That you're read­ing about a French peo­ple mover makes you even more spe­cial; okay don't get too smug.

A peo­ple mover can be just as prac­ti­cal as an SUV.

Sure it may not have the ground clear­ance of an SUV, but when are you go­ing off road, in­ten­tion­ally?

And in the case of the Citroen Grand C4 Pi­casso, it's pos­si­bly more prac­ti­cal than an SUV.

We are now up to the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Grand C4 Pi­casso.

The seven-seat peo­ple mover ar­rived here in 2014 in just one spec­i­fi­ca­tion that costs $44,990.

Don't con­fuse it with the C4 Pi­casso; that's a much smaller hatch­back.

The Citroen is a stylish and in­no­va­tive al­ter­na­tive to the rest.

Here are the top three fea­tures we like.

1. Great vis­i­bil­ity

Want glass with that? The Grand C4 Pi­casso could dou­ble as a mo­bile green­house with its enor­mous wind­screen, seethrough A-pil­lars, panoramic sun­roof and large door win­dows.

All of that (per­haps not the roof) makes for­ward and side vis­i­bil­ity ex­cep­tional.

2. Adapt­able seat­ing

It's called a peo­ple mover but it's es­sen­tially a van with chairs and in this one you can fold all of them down – apart from the driver's – to do a fairly good im­pres­sion of a de­liv­ery truck.

The backs of the chairs have flaps that flip out to cover the gaps be­tween the folded seat­ing for a smooth, flat sur­face. 3. Com­fort­able ride Com­fort­able isn't a comfy enough word to de­scribe the ride of the Grand C4 Pi­casso. How about lus­cious?

OK, that's weird. Any­way, the sus­pen­sion is so su­per ab­sorbent and com­posed that you hardly no­tice speed­bumps or that the city's roads have gone to ruin.

It has to be pointed out that while ev­ery sin­gle thing ap­pears to have been thought of in the Grand C4 Pi­casso, there is a dis­ap­point­ing omis­sion from a safety per­spec­tive: no third row airbags.

But it does have a five-star safety rating.

Power is by a 2.0litre four­cylin­der turbo-diesel that de­vel­ops 110kW/370Nm and drives the front wheels through a six-speed au­to­matic transmission. Of­fi­cial av­er­age fuel is 4.5litres/100km.

Also, the ve­hi­cle comes with a six-year un­lim­ited dis­tance war­ranty and ser­vic­ing is needed only ev­ery 12 months or 15,000km.

Verdict: Class and style that stands out from the crowd.

Citroen's Grand C4 Pi­casso has many very good fea­tures.

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