CITROEN’S WORK OF ART
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.