There are people carriers and there are family wagons that do the identical job without looking like the rear end of any bus.
Indeed, just because you have a troupe of toddlers doesn’t mean to mention you have to quit on a touch of automotive style.
And that’s where new Citroën Grand C4 Picasso comes in.
Stylish outside and in
The seven-seat multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) is sleek and way more dynamic than most of its rivals.
From its Leds to its de rigueur alloy wheels and tinted glass, the French motor looks the organization.
Yet, inside is where everything really counts. Citroën’s focus on choice and detail of materials makes the quality of finish on board the latest Grand C4 Picasso amongst the very best in class.
The standard panoramic windscreen and optional large glass roof (fitted to my flagship test model) bathe the cabin in natural light.
Through the night, white LED lighting further enhances your senses by creating a cosy and intimate atmosphere.
Spacious and innovative
On the practical side, the vehicle has three rows of seats.
The asymmetrically designed upholstery in the front gives the look of a sofa, while row two houses three independent chairs with sliding bases and tilting backs.
Access to tier three is made effortless by a cutting-edge, one-handed tilt-and-slide mechanism.
With all the individual flat-folding row three seats stowed away along with concertina covers in place, the vast boot can guzzle 632-litres of luggage - or as much as 793-litres with the row-two chairs in their forward-most position.
Folding both tiers of rear seats flat provides 2,181 litres of stowage.
Access is created easy on account of the wide opening wrap-around tailgate design, large unimpeded aperture, the absence of a lip and flat-load floor.
Rubbing you up correctly
A need for functionality doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be other creature comforts hidden in the cabin.
Because much to my delight I discovered the car provides you with a cheeky little rubdown on command, far from it. You see, limited to the class are Citroën’s front massaging seats.
You can raise the kneading sensation to suit your needs - and it works a treat.
There’s also a RELAX function, which allows your front passenger to stretch their legs out and experience first-class travel.
RELAX headrests are also available on rows one and two for optimum neck support.
Impressive on the road
So, what’s it like behind the wheel? Well, driveability is a key strength in the fresh Citroën Grand C4 Picasso.
The seven-inch touchpad puts each of the in-car functions such as dual-zone air navigation, telephone, audio, driving and conditioning aids, within easy reach.
Traveling, the new-generation vehicle is easier to manage and more manoeuvrable than its forerunner.
Its reduced weight and lower centre of gravity combine to produce a balance between wellbeing and well-mannered road holding.
vibration and Acoustic comfort are also noteworthy thanks to a power power steering system that minimises any road shudder transmitted from the tarmac to the steering column.
As you might expect from a new car with a high level of equipment, the Citroën ensures safety for occupants spanning various ages.
Like the five-seat C4 Picasso, the Grand C4 Picasso has been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.