Not a great car. Highly tempramental. Interior materials are nice and solid but engine is highly unreliable and numerous problems over the years I've owned it. Fuel pump faulty after 3 yrs, water pump faulty after 3 years. Was told Intake pipes are made of recycled materials. In 5 years I've changed it twice due to cracks at the joints. Recently head gasket leaking. Rear Coolant bypass pipe leaking. Engine mounts cracked after 5 years. Rattling sound from engine when cold. Research on the web suggests it is a chain tensioner problem. Consumption is pathetic at 7.2km/l in average city driving.
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Toyota Wish 1.8
Honda Stream 1.8
Opel Zafira 1.8 MTA
Mazda 5 2.0
VW Touran 1.4TSI
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70% city 30% Highway
Duration of car driven:
Just like when you are travelling in the economy class, you have plenty to say about those travelling in the business class.
The seats are plush, comfy and spacious. The ambience is just right, you hear less engine noise and feel less vibration. The whole thing is just fantastic and you sleep better in here.
You wish that all class of air travel should be like this but without the hefty price tag that comes with it. But given a chance to take the business class at 10% more than the economy coach ticket, I would not turn back to economy class.
That is exactly how I feel about the C4 Grand Picasso.
If you are fiddling with the economy of ownership/FC/Re-sale value, I would suggest you skip this and move back to the economy class MPV that get the job done for point A to point B effectively and efficiently. This MPV will cost 10% more and you probably need another 25% more on fuel.
For that additional premium, you get an MPV that is very well design for family. Very quiet, smooth and plush ride feel. Clever storage space, dedicated cooler box in the centre ( to fit 4xstandard water bottles ), 2 large top storage ( one for passenger and one for driver ). side pockets that can fit 1.5l bottles, Big central space to place bags/baby bags.
Rear seats slides individually which means 3rd row passenger can get in and out without needing everyone on the 2nd row to get down.
best part is proper adjusting the first/2nd row seats, 2 adults can sit comfortably at the 3rd row.
One important safety features is the control switch to activate child lock from the driver side. This is practical and convenience.
A sweet treat for the driver will be the engine. This car don't need a special tag to signify it's sportines, it simply accelerates and truly zoom over those "cosmetics" sports edition MPVs.
I was also skeptical about the 4spd gearbox at first, but after driving it for more than 10K KM, the creamy engine, the plush ride, the practical storage, the airy ambience that it creates with it's large windscreen and moonroof, the way it makes every passenger feels on every single trip, the gearbox is quickly forgotten.
For once, you need to pay only little more to get so much more premium. Truly a class above the rest.
Thoughtful design and storage focussing on real famuly needs.
Plush, comfort and smooth ride.
Powerful and responsive engine
Price vs premiums advantage
FC is slightly higher when doing city driving. Then again since its a Turbo Charged car, it's quite reasonable.