Motoring

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Green and Citroen C4 Grand Picasso Picasso get my vote

Eamon Ryan's Green party, along with some Labour councillors, has at least some vision , writes Campbell Spray

Campbell Spray

Published 18/05/2014|02:30

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HONOUR ROLL: The Citroen C4 Grand Picasso has won a host of accolades. Photo: Max Earey

SOMETIME just before 8am last Friday, as I was preparing to leave for work, a business reporter came on the radio to intone that the two biggest challenges of the century would be global warming and global ageing.

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That's why I will be unashamedly voting Green in the elections this week. Eamon Ryan for the Dublin Euro seat and councillors where I can. A colleague has an even better reason for voting for Eamon, who is a more than a passable cricketer. He took a brilliant catch off his bowling last year.

I believe that the Greens, along with Labour councillors such as Andrew Montague who was behind the Dublin Bikes scheme, have at least a measure of vision, do care and aren't behaving ostrich-like as the whole situation gets worse. The Greens did make some mistakes while in office but they were honourable people who were at least willingly to set the agenda on climate change.

Motorists and all road users should be grateful.

Meanwhile, a colleague wrote recently that in order to retain the value of your car you should, among other things, buy the seven-seater vehicle rather than the five. It just gives you better options at resale time

If so, then the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso is a very timely vehicle, coming a few months after the five-seater C4 Picasso won the last Continental Irish Car of the Year Award and picked up a host of other trophies as well, including Best MPV at both the Next Green Car Awards and the Golden Steering Wheel. Now the big sister has won 'Best MPV' in Diesel Car magazine's annual Car of the Year Awards.

The stylish and spacious seven-seat MPV, launched at the beginning of 2014, adds this latest accolade to existing honours including BBC Top Gear magazine 'Family Car of the Year'; What Car? magazine 'MPV of the Year' and 'MPV of the Year' in the UK Car of the Year Awards. (That's enough: Ed.)

So who am I to disagree except to say that Grand C4 Picasso Exclusive I was driving was rather over-egged with comforts like "full champagne leather" seats at an extra €3,300, a €100 "Chrome Signature", reversing camera and park assist, and passenger seat that would almost turn into a bed with an automatic leg rest. All this took the price to nearly €40,000 – when the model starts at around €27k before p&p – and would lessen the attraction of what is a brilliant, economical and very confident family car.

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