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These compact people movers are out to prove that they have style as well as substance.

25 Aug 2014

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Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPVs) are becoming more and more popular and it's not difficult to see why. Being practical and spacious, these vehicles often need to cope with everything from the school run to visits to supermarkets to even road trips.

The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso was first introduced at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, ahead of its five-seater version, the C4 Picasso. Now in its second generation, the new Grand C4 Picasso came to life via the Technospace concept showcased at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

LED daytime running lights bring the level of sophistication a notch up for the Grand C4 Picasso

The Volkswagen Touran, coincidentally in its second generation too, has been around since 2010, but it wasn't until last year when the diesel variant joined its petrol counterparts in the local lineup.

Exterior

Measuring 4,597mm x 1,826mm x 1,638mm (L x W x H), the Grand C4 Picasso is 200mm longer, 32mm wider but 36mm lower than the Touran. The bigger dimensions also help to give the Grand C4 Picasso a stronger road presence.


Complemented by a futuristic look that is appealing, the Grand C4 Picasso will not have problems attracting attention as it rolls along the street.

Both cars are equipped with 17-inch rims, but we find the one on the Touran (right) more attractive with its duo-tone colour scheme

On the other side of the road, the Touran, with its roots stemming from the Mk6 Golf, appears to be a vertically stretched version of the hatchback, with the crisp family look shared with most of the other cars in Volkswagen's range.

The Touran is all prim and proper, keeping to the traditional design of an MPV that is inoffensive and neat. There are no frivolous design elements outside, except for, perhaps the chrome work on the grille and the good-looking alloy rims. The Touran may not excite or seduce anyone, but it certainly looks pleasing to the eye.

Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1560cc

Horsepower

:

85kW (114 bhp)

Torque

:

270 Nm

Transmission

:

6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

12.6sec

Top Speed

:

189km/h

Fuel consumption

:

25km/L

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve TDI Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1598cc

Horsepower

:

77kW (103 bhp)

Torque

:

250 Nm

Transmission

:

7-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

12.8sec

Top Speed

:

183km/h

Fuel consumption

:

21.7km/L

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