The previous-generation Citroën C4 Picasso offered all of the practicality and airiness that we’ve come to expect from a Citroën MPV. Unfortunately, it was also as devoid of driving flair that is expected of a Parisian-branded MPV.

Don’t misunderstand us. We don’t go looking for sportiness or dynamism in a large family car such as this but, as Ford’s S-Max so expertly proved, it is quite possible to make a car that’s as pleasurable to drive as it is to be one of its passengers.

No matter how many people an MPV is carrying, there will always be someone at the wheel. It does no harm to think of them. The signs this time around, though, are much more positive.

In our experience thus far, the latest C4 Picasso five-seater and this seven-seat Grand Picasso sister model – both of which ride on a new, supposedly lighter and more advanced platform – provide not only excellent surroundings for passengers but are also far more pleasing for the bod behind the wheel. A minor mid-life facelift didn't enhance this formula any further, but focussed on improving the overall ambiance inside the big seven-seater.

Will the new Citroën C4 Grand Picasso leave us as equally pleased after a comprehensive Autocar road test? Let’s see.

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