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This is our family car, it also happens to be our first car as neither I nor my husband drove until 2011. We bought it straight from the dealers but second-hand. In the two years we have had the car, we've had no problems aside from a little clutch issue that was dealt with easily.
I love my car (I wanted to say little but it really is anything but little). The things I like most about it are the mileage we can get, despite it being a large car with a powerful engine. The huge front window, it means that the scope of vision is much wider than the usual car and gives you an almost free feeling. The car is surprisingly spacious, no one lacks leg space and three adults easily fit in the middle row without feeling squashed. There are many compartments for storage through-out the car, I found that every available space has been used to its best. It is easy to clean the car inside and out, and easy to maintain. And randomly I love the handbrake, it is a push button which took getting use to at first but now I love it over a traditional handbrake.
The things I do not particularly like are the boot lacks space if you are using all seven seats. The very back two seats are not as comfortable as the other seats which is a let down if you want to use them regularly. And also I feel that because of the position of the bonnet, you are limited to see how close you are when trying to park in tight spaces.
Welcome home to our new car!
We had a C8 citroen and it was starting to cost us money to fix and so we started looking around for something else. We'd been used to the 7 seats as we take mum and dad out as well as the kids sometimes. So we originally looked at another C8 but on seeing the price the tax has gone up to for these big cars it really put us off it's about £450 a year tax.
I did a lot of research and finally purchased the C4 picasso grand exclusive.
All about it
It is a 7 seater car, the very back to seats fold flat into the floor when not in use and provide a huge boot when not in use. When they are in use there isn't much boot space but a top box could be fitted if needed luggage space. Inside the car feels really spacious the front dash is very open and has the feel of a large car, the car is positioned high off the ground so it feels high up to drive. I also love the front window of these cars as you will see from the picture it goes high up into the roof, there is a double sun visor so you can have it all the way up or half way up or full down for full sun. It provides a lot of light into the car which I really like.
The children love the middle row of seats, on the back of the front seats are trays which the children can pull down and use for picnics or drawing on. Citroen have altered the trays so that they fold up rather than down so that when you lean on them they don't start closing (as they used to). there is also a little light in the tray which is nice for night time driving.
The rear seats are smaller and wouldn't be suitable for long long journeys and are probably not advisable for adults either as there isn't much leg room. They are really extra seating for short journeys.
The stearing wheel is different as it goes around the console, I find this makes it lighter to drive. The gears are also in an unusual place on the stearing wheel, it takes a bit of getting used to. The hand brake is also a switch on the dash which does take getting used to, however what I do like is that I hardly have to use it because it automatically puts it on and takes it off for you, so when you stop it puts the hand brake on and when you put your foot on the accelarator it takes it off.
There is a cool box section within the car for putting small cans in, it's not huge but it works and is ideal for putting a chocolate biscuit and a couple of cans in on a hot day.
We got ours (June 2012) for £7500 it's 2007 and was in excellent condition from a dealer who gave excellent service so we feel it was worth it. They can be anything from £4000 up to £10000. Tax was £150 (deisel)
I was surprised at how much I liked the drive, it is really smooth and responsive, I'd read a couple of reviews about it not being fast enough but actually it's much better than our C8 which was 2ltr. The citroen C4 we have is turbo disel so that might make a difference if buying petrol. I have found it easy to manouvre too as it has bleepers for reversing and also the wing mirrrors look down to the ground when the car is in reverse - very clever.
this may be the only area it lacks but perhaps this is compared to the C8 which has loads of space. The C4 has limited pocket space and isn't easy to get anything in or out of the door pockets (I've told the kids not to use them!), there is space under the floor of one of the childrens seats which is useful. There is quite a bit of storage in the dash and the boot is large so that helps.
Overall this is a great car and I would buy one again, it's very versatile and a good runner, it's lovely to drive and feels large and spacious and yet it's not a huge car.
It has seven seats which is very handy if you have a large family. Two at the front, three in the middle, with two very easy pull up seats in the back boot. They fold down just as easily, just pull a tag and it goes down flat and a cover goes over and turns is back to a flat boot. The three middle seats fold down flat, making the boot very large.
I have an automatic which starts on the button. All the instructions are in a cockpit style, in the middle of the dashboard, with a button for the handbrake so easy.
The windscreen is very large and being high up you have great views all round.
You have hand controls on the steering wheel, you can increase the volume on the radio up or down, mile limiter, and manual gears if you prefer and of course the lights windscreen wipers etc.
It has excellant heating and air conditioning.
Even though its a seven seater it feel like a much smaller car.
I recently change my car to a C4 grand Picasso on the motability scheme. The main reason for the change was that the previous car struggle for my leg room needs but also the expanding of my family with the confirmation of my second child soon arrival.
This car is a absolute marvel to drive. It corners smoothly, brakes sharply for a car of its size and does a decent miles to galleon ratio as well. But what sold this car for me, apart from the space, was the amount of features which it came with as standard. My previous car,(a ford fusion), had very limited features as standard, where at this total blew me away, Alloy wheels, Air con, all round electric windows, Cruise control and a speed limiter to name a few. On top of this, i dont feel out of place driving it. It look great in a car park against other car. Plus the huge front window gives you fantastic visibility when driving.
Now on size wise, this is sold the wife over. Like i said we are expecting our second child and with another toddler on the way, you still need room for car seats,buggies and shopping room etc. This passed every trial that we have thrown at it. One child, 4 adults on a day trip. Two children in car seats, two buggies, four adult and room to fit a family shop in, no problemo.
Both the two front rows of seat move to accommodate different sizes but more so the second row for when the back seats are up. Once the seats are up in the back, the void space becomes extra storage unlike other models in the same range that i have view.
On a final note, I will be a very sad man that the day this goes back and will defiantly look at this again and recommand it to anyone.
I leased this car as part of the motability scheme last September after having a 1.6 Nissan Note for the past 2 years also on motability. We chose the C4 after trying out all the different 7 seaters on the market (at least 3 times each!!!) and found it, at least on the surface, to be the most comfortable, cost efficient and stylish of the bunch. The 2 litre diesel has plenty of power and doesn't struggle at all for a big car like I had expected it would. The inside of the car is ideal for our needs, 2 adults, 2 children in car seats and a big dog, sometimes an extra booster seat and extra passengers. The 6th and 7th seats fold up easily and are perfect for an occasional seat but the leg room is limited so they wouldn't really be ideal for anyone wanting to use them for teenagers or adults on a more regular basis. When the 6th and 7th seats are folded down it leaves a really spacious boot without a sill, which makes it very easy to get wheelchairs, pushchairs, shopping etc in and out. When all the rear seats were folded down I was able to easily transport a single mattress laid flat to give you an idea of the amount of space available. There are also lots of nice little touches such as the assisted hill start and the adjustable colour dials. All in all a lovely car which would perfectly suit a large family.
Having recently retired and watched one offspring off to Uni, I bought the C4 to downsize from a C8. As I am currently living in the South East, I wanted a car which would be good value and good quality. This car is a seven seater (the back two are quite small so only useful for children.)
It turns out that the C4 GP is almost as large as the C8 inside and given that the seats in the back fold into the floor, it has a real boot. The automatic (gizmo-controlled) gearbox is fantastic and although it prefers a light foot when pootling around town, still has kick-down and wheelspin is possible.
However, the dashboard is unconventional, and takes a while getting used to, but once you have got the hang of it, it is relatively simple.
The suspension is French - supple, compliant if a little too soft when pressing on. Top of the range model has LED lights all over the place which adds to the spatial freedom and the high curved windscreen certainly does allow more light in. Headlamps seem to always be blowing, so need frequent replacing which is rather annoying. The radio, air-con and hi-fi all more than adequate and the air-con allows each passenger to control their temperature. As an ex-demo at £13k, a fantastic buy.