Used Citroen C4 Picasso
A history lesson…
The Picasso range has been expanding ever since Citroen first found success with it in the late 1990s, but it wasn't until 2006 that the C4 Picasso arrived to replace the outgoing Xsara equivalent.
Critics were a bit sceptical about the earlier Xsara Picasso, but that didn't stop British buyers flocking to it thanks to the competitive price point at which Citroen was selling it.
This time around the used Citroen C4 Picasso has been much more warmly received by the press and remains a hit with consumers, which is a win-win for Citroen.
The first C4 Picasso for sale featured an elongated wheelbase and was endowed with the Grand moniker in 2006, recognising its 7 seater status, before a more condensed version arrived in 2007 to diversify the range.
Buyers could pick from petrol or diesel engines and cast their discerning eyes over four different trim options.
The used Citroen C4 Picasso is still on sale new today, but it is also a well liked option on the used market for people seeking an affordable yet well equipped familiar car.
Bang for your buck
Citroen really went above and beyond with the C4 Picasso's panoramic windscreen. It is so large and well positioned that you get much more visibility than you would onboard any other MPV.
The extra visibility is great in terms of safety, but also makes the cabin feel bigger and gives everyone a great view. Overhead is a massive sunroof, which is another nice feature but one which means you'll need the air con on in the summer or else risk roasting alive.
The seating is flexible enough to fold neatly into the floor, expanding the 500 litre boot into a 1745 litre monster if you pick the five seater.
For the Grand C4 Picasso you get a third row of seats and it's actually longer than most of its rivals. This extra wiggle room translates into allowing taller people to take up residence right at the back without feeling nearly as squeezed as they might in other MPVs.
The whole interior is put together intuitively and you'll have no trouble organising the seating to suit your current needs. Equipment levels vary depending on the trim you choose, but even the base model feels like it has enough modern elements to keep up with the competition.
What you'll pay
An early 2007 C4 Picasso will set you back between £3500 and £4500, with the SX and VTR+ iterations costing a little more than the more basic units.
You'll be looking at about the same entry price for the Grand C4 Picasso, but be aware that there will also be some high milers in this category.
What to check
Citroen made sure that the C4 Picasso had plenty of gadgets and gizmos onboard, so when buying used it is important to check that everything electronic is in good working order.
Mechanically the used Citroen C4 Picasso is pretty sound, while the interior has been put together robustly to help it cope with family use.
If you need to replace the exhaust system you'll have to spend £425, although this price thankfully includes the catalytic converter. £55 will get you a pair of front brake pads, with the rears being £10 cheaper.
How it drives
With either 1.8 litre or 2.0 litre engines on offer, the used Citroen C4 Picasso is not a slouch when it comes to cruising performance. You can easily eat up mile after mile of motorway without feeling like you are pushing the car beyond the limits around which it was designed.
There's even a more basic 1.6 litre diesel engine available on some models, with a modest but usable 110bhp on offer, as well as improved fuel efficiency when compared with the petrol editions.
You'll find that the second hand Grand C4 Picasso is a bit of a beast to manoeuvre due to its size, particularly if you're trying to park it on the street, so you'll have to offset this against its seven seater practicality. This entire range is populated by appealing and relevant MPVs that look good and tick all the boxes, which is a one-two combo designed to ensure success in the family motoring segment of the car market.