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    Road Tested Grand Picasso Today... Wow!

    Hi,

    Worleys in High Wycombe managed to have a demo car for me to try yesterday. So I roadtested a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso eHdi Airdream 115 ETG6 in Exclusive trim. The salesman seemed pretty good and has just moved from a Kia/Fiat/Nissan dealership so was fairly well aware of the competition.

    The car itself is ideal. The seats are all of a good size, no mini seat on row 2 (typical of Zafira, C-Max) and two decent size seats on row 3 (typical of most except Galaxy and Alhambra). Given the exterior size of the car the interior is very spacious and my wife was amazed at the passenger space. The dash is clean and clear and it's like using a PC as part of the driving. I found that despite the amount of info on the "graphic setting" screen I could quickly find what I was looking for. It's well laid out. There are far too many features to list but the second screen is a bit complex and will have to be learned. I'm pretty sure once you know it bringing up the various controls is quick and easy.

    The diesel engine is quiet, far more than my old diesel Xsara Picasso which had the usual diesel rattle. Two features are very weird - Start/stop and the ETG6 gearbox. The gearbox is odd, not like a traditional automatic at all. It doesn't change when you expect it to and in fact seems to hang on to a gear if it seems necessary. The dealership is surrounded by steep hills and this was very useful. The gear change is slow and clunky going from gear 1 to 2 but seemed smoother on other changes. Combined with start/stop it's a bit odd. I didn't trust the auto handbrake for ages and it felt weird pulling away with the handbrake engaged. Something else to get used to I guess. I didn't manage to get over 40mph but despite the very steep hills the car pulled well and smoothly where I'm sure my Zafira would need a bit more throttle not to bog down. I don't know the torque figures to compare but I assume the diesel has a fair bit more than the petrol 1.6 I drive now. The steering at low speeds is very light but never felt unstable, it apparently gets a heavier feel as you go faster. The car handled really well and was fine over the potholes that litter local roads here.

    So, it's got an ultra modern high tech interior that I was a bit nervous about and the gearbox will take some getting used to but all the same I really loved the car. The salesman was great, was very good at explaining all the features he knows about (although he said he was still learning the car himself). I was wondering if I could stretch to the AP for the Exclusive, but the salesman said that really the VTR+ has all the best of the cars features and unless I could stretch to the Exclusive + he suggested not putting myself into any financial difficulty just to get the Exclusive.

    I'm totally delighted with this unusual looking car, it really ticks all the boxes I set for it and I bet it becomes a motability favourite. I need to chase up my licence so I can order one. The dealer (a smaller dealer than the one I was using) managed to do some work and get me this car to test where the other one hasn't done anything! So I know who I will order it from.

    Now what colour should I get? They look rather nice in white, pretty good in silver and one of the blues is rather nice too... hmm...
    Last edited by Eddie864; 23-05-14 at 21:17. Reason: Colour!

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    Hi Eddie. White does indeed look stunning in the GP4. Very few cars look good in white in my opinion. I got the Kyanos blue with cream interior. What delivery period have you been quoted?

    Tan



    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie864 View Post
    Hi,

    Worleys in High Wycombe managed to have a demo car for me to try yesterday. So I roadtested a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso eHdi Airdream 115 ETG6 in Exclusive trim. The salesman seemed pretty good and has just moved from a Kia/Fiat/Nissan dealership so was fairly well aware of the competition.

    The car itself is ideal. The seats are all of a good size, no mini seat on row 2 (typical of Zafira, C-Max) and two decent size seats on row 3 (typical of most except Galaxy and Alhambra). Given the exterior size of the car the interior is very spacious and my wife was amazed at the passenger space. The dash is clean and clear and it's like using a PC as part of the driving. I found that despite the amount of info on the "graphic setting" screen I could quickly find what I was looking for. It's well laid out. There are far too many features to list but the second screen is a bit complex and will have to be learned. I'm pretty sure once you know it bringing up the various controls is quick and easy.

    The diesel engine is quiet, far more than my old diesel Xsara Picasso which had the usual diesel rattle. Two features are very weird - Start/stop and the ETG6 gearbox. The gearbox is odd, not like a traditional automatic at all. It doesn't change when you expect it to and in fact seems to hang on to a gear if it seems necessary. The dealership is surrounded by steep hills and this was very useful. The gear change is slow and clunky going from gear 1 to 2 but seemed smoother on other changes. Combined with start/stop it's a bit odd. I didn't trust the auto handbrake for ages and it felt weird pulling away with the handbrake engaged. Something else to get used to I guess. I didn't manage to get over 40mph but despite the very steep hills the car pulled well and smoothly where I'm sure my Zafira would need a bit more throttle not to bog down. I don't know the torque figures to compare but I assume the diesel has a fair bit more than the petrol 1.6 I drive now. The steering at low speeds is very light but never felt unstable, it apparently gets a heavier feel as you go faster. The car handled really well and was fine over the potholes that litter local roads here.

    So, it's got an ultra modern high tech interior that I was a bit nervous about and the gearbox will take some getting used to but all the same I really loved the car. The salesman was great, was very good at explaining all the features he knows about (although he said he was still learning the car himself). I was wondering if I could stretch to the AP for the Exclusive, but the salesman said that really the VTR+ has all the best of the cars features and unless I could stretch to the Exclusive + he suggested not putting myself into any financial difficulty just to get the Exclusive.

    I'm totally delighted with this unusual looking car, it really ticks all the boxes I set for it and I bet it becomes a motability favourite. I need to chase up my licence so I can order one. The dealer (a smaller dealer than the one I was using) managed to do some work and get me this car to test where the other one hasn't done anything! So I know who I will order it from.

    Now what colour should I get? They look rather nice in white, pretty good in silver and one of the blues is rather nice too... hmm...

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    Hi Tan,

    I don't think a colour interior is available on the VTR+, I think it's a standard dark interior.

    I do like the white but I also like both of the blues, the lighter one especially. I think the car suits a strong metallic colour with it's unusual modern look so it's going to be between them. I will have to go to the showroom and have another look!

    Delivery wise, well, the salesman seemed to think 8 weeks but I haven't yet been able to order. My licence is with DVLA medical still and my friend who is ok to come order with me with her licence can't find the paper bit to her licence.

    There are a few of the last model around the area but I actually saw a new shark coloured Grand C4 on the road the other day - the first I've seen... In town I also saw the new 5008 so a few new cars are filtering through to our "backwater" area.

    Hopefully either DVLA medical will get around to sorting my licence out or my friend will find hers...

    ... Martin

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    Hi Martin your friend may not need the paper part of the license.

    You could ask the dealership to give the DVLA a quick call to make sure she has a clean sheet. I'm sure I did this when ordering the CMax.

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    Hi Eddie

    With the Kyanos blue I did get a choice of interior colour and chose the beige dashboard, seats etc unless they have changed the option to change.

    Tan

    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie864 View Post
    Hi Tan,

    I don't think a colour interior is available on the VTR+, I think it's a standard dark interior.

    I do like the white but I also like both of the blues, the lighter one especially. I think the car suits a strong metallic colour with it's unusual modern look so it's going to be between them. I will have to go to the showroom and have another look!

    Delivery wise, well, the salesman seemed to think 8 weeks but I haven't yet been able to order. My licence is with DVLA medical still and my friend who is ok to come order with me with her licence can't find the paper bit to her licence.

    There are a few of the last model around the area but I actually saw a new shark coloured Grand C4 on the road the other day - the first I've seen... In town I also saw the new 5008 so a few new cars are filtering through to our "backwater" area.

    Hopefully either DVLA medical will get around to sorting my licence out or my friend will find hers...

    ... Martin

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    I *think* the beige interior is an option on the Exclusive and Exclusive + only. I would choose the beige interior over the black one myself. But the one I tested was black inside and it was fine. I am pretty sure we will be ordering a white one, there was one in a showroom and it really suits the car. Citroen should also do a Champagne Gold, it would suit this car very well. My old Xsara Picasso came in a gorgeous gold colour and had an interior trim designed just to match it.

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    Hi Eddie, I too am going to take a look at the C4 Picasso soon. I like the white, but when I had my last Motability car (A C4 Grand Picasso in 2008) I wasnt allowed to have black because the Motability listing states Metallic. Maybe you can now as white is very popular and will be easy to sell on when the car goes back. (I believe that's why they only used to let you have metallics). Hope so because thats the colour I would want.

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    Apparantly 'white' is the 'in colour' and black is on the way out.

    I used to own a diamond white Ford Escort - never again unless you like cleaning cars! I've gt a gold coloured vehicle I've had several years and never regretted it as it hides the dust!!

    If you Misses wants a white car tell her fine - if she wants to wash it every Sunday.

    Sounds like the ideal motor otherwise.

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    The older GP4 looked really solid so I'm hoping the new GP4 is the same.

    It's a bit crazy to refuse a flat colour when metallics are available free. I wanted to try and turn the flat colour into a discount but the salesman wasn't having it . I know Ford do this with Candy Red and White (I think) making these colours an expensive option. I've had white cars and funny but they seem to be the best with dirt. Black cars are awful showing every mark. My choice of colour would be a champagne gold, looks lovely on almost all cars including the older model of Picasso. I don't think dark colours will suit the new Picasso and I think the colour choices are awful. Not enough choice and the ones they have don't work as well as the older range seemed to.

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