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Our fleet: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 e-HDi 115 Airdream Exclusive+ 5dr - April 2015

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Review

A 1,300-mile week’s road trip to Scotland enabled the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso to show its true colours when it comes to fuel efficiency. Until then, the car had been hovering around the 52mpg mark,

occasionally dipping below 50mpg when faced with a large amount of commuting mileage.

A re-set before the journey began gave it the best chance of impressing. Given that it spent a large amount of the mileage weighed down with either six people or copious amounts of luggage, the results were impressive.

Forget the official combined figure of 70.6 – we’re never going to get near that. I set the car a target of hitting 60mpg, and we got pretty close, topping out at 58mpg. In such a big people carrier, heavily laden, getting within a whisker of 60mpg is remarkable.

The Picasso’s seats are very comfortable, with good (though not great) lumbar support. Our car also had the optional seat massage which helped to minimise any stiffness.

Combined with the ease of driving the car – great all-round visibility, slick gear changes, automatic parking brake release, a willing engine which reduced the need to scuttle up and down the gears – the journey was surprisingly effortless.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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  • Andy - 24/04/2015 11:31

    Pretty meaningless, if it's like my old Mondeo the computer used to over read by 20%. If that is the case then 47mpg still isn't too bad considering the trip but an even longer way short of 70mpg! It would be much more useful if you could measure mpg properly by brimming the tank which isn't a big deal considering you have the cars for a reasonable amount of time?

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