The all new 1.6L turbo-diesel engine e-HDi 115, CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso with start&stop technology has the length of 4.59m, similar to its predecessor (CITROËN C4 Picasso). However, the wheelbase has been longer at approximately 2.84m, the longest in that category. This provides ample spaces in rows two and three, with foldable/removable ability of the third row seats. In addition, a record boost in boot capacity of 537 litres VDA results in an extra 40 litres of load volume, its the largest boot space in the category.
Last weekend, I visited the showroom and experienced the wonder of this 7 seater car, or you can even called it the 8 seater car. This MPV was designed for family use with safety and comfort in mind.
These are some of the key safety features as described:
- Child‑watch safety mirror
- 6 airbags and 3‑point seatbelts for every passenger
- Blind spot monitoring system
- Parking assistance (auto park) with 360‑ degree camera view
- Hill‑start assistance
The performance of the car has improved with optimized aerodynamics for better handling. The lowered body height by 4 cm helps to reduce mass as well as firmer suspension of both springs and shock absorbers have reduced roll, while maintaining the riding comfort. A power beast under the hood, the 1.6L turbo-diesel engines (Best fuel economy in its class) have contributed to reduce carbon emissions and optimized gear shift patterns. Resulting in smoother gear shifts between first and second gear.
Shift levels by the steering wheel, all control within reach with minimum effort to reaction. Kids in the car can easily be pre-occupied throughout the journey with the fold away tables to assist their reading materials and electronics devices.
As this is a diesel powered MPV, more regular maintenance is required as compared to the unleaded cars due to the nature of the fuel. You might experience a minute difference in diesel engines which are typically louder than gasoline engines. Nevertheless, new technologies have been developed to help limit this.
The fuel economy varies between countries. You may like to evaluate the options of diesel engines and fuel cost against the unleaded option for a longer term. As the underlying advantage of having diesel engines is that it offer more torque than a gasoline engine.
As all factors have considered, ultimately you would a smooth and convenience family car. With easiness of driving control and multiple levels of safety features to protect your loved ones but not compromising innovation features and style, this is the 7/8 seater MPV for your family.