Citroen Grand C4

Picasso Flair Blue

HDi 120 Auto

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, 2016, front
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, 2016, interior
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, 2016, boot

I DON'T know whether the international megastar Justin Bieber has ever travelled in a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.

I ask because this particular car became known as the ‘Bieber-mobile' during the time it was used to ferry our family around.

The reason is that the most significant event taking place in our household that particular week was two teenage daughters attending a hotly-anticipated Justin Bieber concert and the Grand C4 Picasso was used to transport them and some friends there and back.

Six of the seven seats were put to use for the purpose and thought the passengers didn't get to experience the kind of limousine luxury that Mr Bieber himself no doubt enjoyed it was noted by all passengers - teenagers and 20-somethings - that it offered an impressive means of getting there and back.

No big deal one might say, but given the level of excitement pertaining to said concert that fact they even noticed the car taking them there and back at all, and saw fit to christen it, impressed me.

The Grand C4 Picasso really is a commendable all-rounder as a family car, with the capability to transport seven in style, while combining practicality and ingenuity with versatility and half decent driving dynamics.

A stretched version of standard C4 Picasso, it essentially offers more room all round and a third row of two seats.

It's certainly one of the best looking MPVs available right now with a contemporary and stylish profile - something that's difficult to deliver in an MPV.

One of its great strengths is it offers all manner of ingenious storage solutions, particularly with all seven seats in use. Clever under seat storage areas under the two rearmost seats will actually fit a couple of medium/large travel bags and although the boot area looks small it's surprising just how much you can cram in.

The three-row seating set-up is both ingenious and user-friendly.

The sliding middle row means people in either the middle or the rearmost row can adjust the amount of legroom they have considerably (ideal for replicating that pop star limo experience).

The interior overall is impressive and the futuristic colour digital display looks modern and classy and is clear and easy to read.

Noticeably comfortable seats (the front passenger seat even has a fold-out leg rest) also helped ease the trauma of long journeys and this car had the added bonus of massagers on the front seats.

There's a range of diesel and petrol engines available but the 1.6-litre diesel fitted to this car combines performance and efficiency to great effect.

And while it's no roadster, unlike may bus-like large MPVs it displays driving manners that are distinctly car-like.

The ride quality is decent too, thanks in part to Citroen's lightweight EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) architecture.

FAST FACTS

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Flair Blue HDi 120 Auto

Price: £28,160

Mechanical:118bhp, 1,560cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via 6-speed automatic gearbox

Max Speed: 117mph

0-62mph: 11.2 seconds

Combined MPG: 70.6

Insurance Group: 20

C02 emissions: 106g/km

Bik rating: 21%

Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles

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