Citroen C4 Grand Picasso vs. Peugeot 5008 – Yahoo Cars

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Why the comparison?

Seven seats, French parents and a familial link that make the Peugeot 5008 and Citroen C4 Grand Picasso first cousins. Each is part of the PSA Group, a fiercely French organisation that#39;s long been good at people carriers – even if it was Peugeot and Citroen#39;s Renault rival that came up the MPV idea in Europe with the Espace. The links between the 5008 and Grand Picasso are very tight: they use the same platform, the same engines and are so closely linked in pricing and specification it#39;s going to be a seriously difficult job to separate them.

How are they similar?

Strip away the interiors and bodywork from the Peugeot 5008 and Grand Picasso and the engineers from each company would recognise the underpinnings. To say they#39;re from the same gene pool is understating it a touch, this pair being more like non-identical twins. They share the same engines as I said, in this case a powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol unit that#39;s smooth, willing and surprisingly able given the size of the vehicles it#39;s tasked with hauling along.

Both offer clever seating for families with as many as five children, the tumble, slide, fold, hide-away seating and space solutions in the back of either giving all sorts of luggage-to-children ratios. Both cars are vast with the seats out of the way and comfortable with the three middle row pews occupied. The third row seats can only be considered for occasional adult use, though they#39;re fine for children – who seem to like being sat as far away from their parents as humanly possible.

There#39;s a few hundred pounds in the price, the Citroen actually being the more expensive – though you#39;ll usually pay less at the Citroen dealer with the company traditionally offering lots of sales incentives.

How do they differ?

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They might share some of their structure and engines but the two different brands do manage to inject some of their own personality into their vehicles. The Citroen remains a good-looking car despite the familiarity of over three years of sales. The Peugeot inevitably looks fresher, though it#39;s arguable that the Citroen is the more handsome looking machine.

Where the two differ most is in their transmissions. Mated to the 1.6-litre THP engine in the Peugeot is a conventional manual transmission with six gears. The Citroen has a two-pedal set-up, the engineers at the chevron-badged firm seemingly thinking that what people in the MPV class want is a paddle-shifted driving experience.

Meanwhile, the Peugeot gets 6bhp more than the Citroen with an output of 156bhp (torque for both being the same 177lb.ft), and it#39;s quicker to 62mph with a time of 9.7 seconds compared to 10.2 seconds.

The Peugeot feels the sharper drive on the road, its steering and suspension giving more feel and resisting body roll better. Neither are what you#39;d call exciting to drive – that#39;s not really the point – but if you had to steer one down a favourite road you#39;d have more fun in the Peugeot. Being newer the Peugeot brings some cool new kit like optional head-up display, while the instrumentation on the 5008 is clearer than the digital set-up in the Grand Picasso.

Technophobes will also appreciate the Peugeot#39;s more conventional steering wheel – the Citroen#39;s stationary hub set up with its countless buttons being a nice idea but not working as well as it should in reality. The Peugeot also manages to be a bit cleaner and more efficient too, the combined economy figure of 39.7mpg and CO 2 of 167g/km bettering the Citroen#39;s 38.7mpg and 173g/km.

So which one would we have?

Two things decide it in the favour of the Peugeot. It#39;s the newer of the two models and is a little better on economy, emissions and safety, while the standard fitment of the six-speed manual clinches it. You pay a bit more – on paper – for the Citroen, while its electronically operated gearbox and sometimes overly quirky interior are not able to match the six-speed manual and simple, familiar interior of the Peugeot.

Citroen dealers should be offering the biggest discounts though, so if it comes to budget the double-chevron badge might just beat Peugeot#39;s lion. We#39;d still want the Peugeot.

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