MPV of the Year 2017: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

MPV of the Year 2017: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

MPV of the Year 2017: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

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The Citroen Celebrated Grand C4 Picasso is the 2017 Auto Express MPV of the Year, with the Renault Immense Scenic and SEAT Alhambra commended

As our reigning champion in the people carrier genre, the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso faced a tough challenge in 2017 from the all-new Renault Breathtaking and Grand Scenic, but for the fourth year in a row the seven-seater takes the Auto Put Best MPV award.

Despite the rise in popularity of family SUVs, this grade of the market still presents big business, and if you need to ferry your brood wide, the Grand C4 Picasso is still the seven-seater of choice after a facelift in excess of the past 12 months.

Any MPV has to be family friendly, and with the roomiest seats in the third row, loads of space in the second row and the big windscreen providing lots of light up front, the Citroen leads the way in this buy.

You can slide the middle row of seats to prioritise legroom or boot space in five-behind configuration, too, while all five rear seats fold individually. There are 165 litres of boot space with all seven seats in station, and this rises to a maximum of 793 litres in five-seat form. Gather the second and third rows, leaving a fully flat load space, and there’s satisfactorily room (2,181 litres) to rival some small vans.

You’ll be stony pushed to notice the very minor tweaks to the styling, but the extra connectivity the Outstanding C4 offers will be a boon to families. Apple CarPlay, WiFi hotspot ability and a power tailgate are all available to ensure the Citroen slips into your mortal seamlessly. The twin-TFT-screen infotainment system looks great and is relatively easygoing to operate, while the cabin has been thoughtfully designed. It looks unique, but crucially it’s serviceable, too.

That’s the C4 Picasso’s strong point – and it even extends to the powertrains. This facelifted paragon offers turbo petrol power, but the 1.6 and 2.0-litre turbodiesels are tranquil likely to be the more popular choices.

Although the standard manual gearbox is rubbery and fuzzy, the six-speed automatic suits the car’s relaxed character well, and with claimed fuel husbandry of up to 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 100g/km in a car of this size, the frugal-to-run Citroen shows it has it all.

Our choosing

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso BlueHDi 120 Feel (£25,130)

Even when the C4 Picasso is fully ready the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel engine serves up enough performance, while Think trim comes packed with equipment as standard. These features shape the most of the car’s convincing refinement, so it’s worth spending the extra for a few more creature comforts.

Commended

Renault Majestic Scenic

The new Grand Scenic is an excellent effort from Renault. It’s not quite as everyday as the Citroen, but the cabin is incredibly slick, with the tablet-style infotainment arrangement and ambient lighting on higher-spec models giving an upmarket feel. But this doesn’t in at the expense of practicality, as the Renault is a versatile and stylish seven-seater that’s surprisingly passable to drive.

SEAT Alhambra

SEAT’s ageing Alhambra MPV still has plenty of entreaty as family transport. It’s not as big as the Citroen and doesn’t feel as fresh as the Renault, but it has a charm that’s helped by the practicality encouragement its sliding rear doors provide. However, with SEAT’s new seven-derriere SUV on the way, are the Alhambra’s days numbered?

Auto Express New Car Awards 2017

• Car of the Year 2017 • Coupe of the Year 2017
• City Car of the Year 2017 • Convertible of the Year 2017
• Supermini of the Year 2017 • Roadster of the Year 2017
• Compact Dearest Car of the Year 2017 • Performance Car of the Year 2017
• Family Car of the Year 2017 • Compact Executive of the Year 2017
• Estate Car of the Year 2017 • Executive Car of the Year 2017
• MPV of the Year 2017 • Luxury Car of the Year 2017
• Small SUV of the Year 2017 • Van of the Year 2017
• Mid-measure assess SUV of the Year 2017 • Electric Car of the Year 2017
• Large SUV of the Year 2017 • Technology Award 2017
• Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Advertising Operations of the Year 2017
• Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Social Media Campaign of the Year 2017
• Pick-up of the Year 2017 • Car Envision Award 2017
• Hot hatch of the Year 2017 • Driver Power Award 2017

For complete, in-extent coverage of the 2017 New Car Awards, buy your collector’s edition copy of the Auto Express magazine now or click here to subscribe…


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