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With its stylish looks, comfortable drive and low running costs, the Grand C4 Picasso BlueHDi is more than just a pleasant surprise.

13 Nov 2013

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Getting hold of a good MPV that strikes a perfect balance between looks, usability and driveability can be a tough job. Most either come up short or don't even come up at all.

But it seems Citroen has found a solution to muscle its way through the MPV segment with its Grand C4 Picasso. This all new model is aimed at improving on the said strengths, offering more cabin space and versatility, along with improved efficiency and better dynamics - underpinned with three rows of seats.

Despite measuring over four and a half metres long, the designers have cleverly managed to disguise much of its bulk

Joining the Grand C4 Picasso range is the new 150bhp diesel engine that you see here, which has a CO2 emission of just 117g/km - some 30g/km lesser than the previous model.

Part of the recipe comes from the new EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform 2) platform that the MPV is now based on, which allows the car to be significantly lighter than its predecessor by 100kg.

Up close and Personal

The new Grand C4 Picasso has its own distinctive style to set it apart from the regular MPVs. Headlights sit beneath the wide, narrow grille that cleverly incorporates LED daytime running lights.

It's very futuristic indeed, taking a modern approach that makes MPVs like the Ford Galaxy, Mazda5 and the Toyota Wish look dated.

Just as impressive is the cabin. Thanks to the afore mentioned platform, the Picasso sports the same length as its predecessor but has a longer wheelbase. Thus, space is aplenty for occupants on board.

Boot space is more than adequate for the family road trip

With the third row in place, boot space - like most MPVs - is barely satisfactory. Fold away the seats with one hand and the boot capacity increases to a massive 645 litres - an increment of 69 litres over its predecessor.

There's an exceptionally airy feel to the cabin, too, thanks to the panoramic windscreen and roof. It's hard for drivers to complain about the visibility because of the massive use of glass. Plus, the A-pillars don't get in the way too much.

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