The static qualities of the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso set the standard for the class thanks to its clever and versatile cabin. You'd need to buy a convertible to get better all-round visibility than the Grand C4 Picasso.

On the outside, that feeling of originality and quality design continues; the grille, wheels, lights and window styles all show a refreshing emphasis on originality – for which the best Citroëns were always known.

The bulk of buyers will not care about the lack of a rewarding driving experience

Although there are occasions when the design over-reaches – the steering wheel buttons and coloured instrument panel options, for example, where style triumphs over substance – there is no arguing with the quality feel inside the car or the practicality offered by the seven-seat layout.

But on the road it offers little beyond ride and refinement to impress the driver. Should a decent driving road present itself, the suspension is too soft and uncontrolled, and the steering is devoid of feel. There's no fun to be had in hustling the Grand C4 Picasso, especially when it is laden with a full load of passengers, when the generally soothing ride starts to feel choppier.

Yet the bulk of buyers will care a lot about what it does well and very little about what it does badly. It is not Citroën’s fault that we can’t count ourselves among them.

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