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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

There’s a decent choice of engines in the Grand C4 Picasso range, starting with the 1.6-litre VTi. This replaced the 1.8-litre engine in July 2008 and is the same smooth 120bhp unit used in the C4 hatchback, delivering a decent 0-62mph time of 12.4 seconds. An impressive turbocharged 1.6-litre model is also available (badged THP) but it only comes with the EGS automatic gear.

Also standard on the 2.0HDi, Citroen claims this semi-auto transmission is as good as a manual and more convenient, but it’s often jerky and makes the engines feel underpowered. The THP engine replaced the 2.0-litre petrol and is not only quicker but more economical too. The best engine for economy is the 1.6HDi which returns 48mpg – it’s also a great all-rounder and will suit most owners’ needs.

If you spend more time on the motorway, then the 2.0HDi is ideal – it pulls well, is quiet at speed and is frugal too. Unusually only 1.6VTi and 1.6HDi models come with a standard manual gearbox – a rather slack five-speed effort. The rest of the range uses the EGS, or there’s the option of a standard auto on some models.

The Grand C4 Picasso’s soft suspension means it’s very comfortable to drive – especially on the motorway – but not much fun. It rolls through corners and takes a while to get up to speed, the more powerful engines only come with the EGS gearbox which saps power and cause the car to pitch and dive under acceleration. The steering is light enough to make parking and tight town manoeuvres easy, but lacks feel which is noticeable on more demanding roads, so it’s rarely an enjoyable or rewarding car to drive.

However, few people carriers are.