Used Car of the Month: Citroen Xsara Picasso August 12, 2014

The Picasso is Citroen’s mid-size MPV that offers seating for five. Buyers shouldn’t let the car’s toy-like looks fool them. The cute little Picasso has a lot to offer. Now lets get the important things out the way, price. For a used Citroen Xsara Picasso MPV you will be looking at a price range between £560 – £8,290 depending on what year the cars from. We would recommend one of the diesel engines.


The car boasts class-leading levels of space, high levels of safety and comfort, and a great price as well. There are several engines on offer that will prove to be more than competent including a very attractive diesel option.

The car comes with a five-speed manual transmission with front wheel drive. The car’s steering is assisted and the suspension helps to absorb road imperfections.

The Xsara Picasso is wider than most rivals and is able to provide a good deal of interior space and comfort. The rear seats fold forward and increase an already very large boot area. The load lip is low for easy loading and unloading. The seats can be arranged in a variety of ways for added versatility, and the center seat in the rear slides forward and back.

The car is above average in almost all areas in its class. Despite this fact the car’s looks may count against it somewhat and it may lose some buyers to rival brands. All-in-all the Picasso provides a really good package at a fantastic price.


The overall costs of the Citroen Xsara Picasso are low. Along with being an inexpensive car to purchase, you won’t pay much in insurance or gas, seeing as the diesel is very frugal.

The car offers extremely good amounts of cabin space. The cabin can seat five passengers comfortably and the car’s boot is very large. Rear seats fold to increase cargo space as well. Most passengers should find the Picasso’s cabin space to be more than adequate.

The fascia boasts controls and dials that are straightforward and easy to use. The fascia is uncluttered and is not complicated or difficult to use in any sense of the word. The fascia lacks a rev counter and is difficult to read in bright sunlight.

The car scores well in comfort. The cabin is very spacious and provides good passenger space. The boot is large and can accommodate most items easily. The seats are comfortable and the overall quality of the ride is good.

The car provides excellent accessibility. The car’s doors are light and large enough that they provide good access to the car’s cabin. The tailgate lifts in two stages and further accommodates access to the boot area. The car’s load lip is low and makes access the boot even easier.

Parking the Xsara Picasso is an easy task. The car’s relatively small size and light steering make it easy to maneuver. The car’s large side mirrors help out a lot and parking shouldn’t pose any problems for most drivers.

Life Style

The Picasso is not designed to deliver a fast, powerful ride; it was more designed for comfort and delivers a smooth ride. The car is capable of traveling long distances with ease while maintaining good levels of comfort. The car delivers a lot of practicality at an economical price.

This would not make a great family car. Although it provides seating for five footwell space is limited and larger passengers may not be as comfortable. The car may be able to accommodate a smaller family but families with older children may want to keep looking for a car with better foot and legroom.

First time buyers may not appreciate the style of the Picasso. The car is easy enough to drive and could definitely function as a first car. There are better looking first cars available for the money though.

Although the French have never had the greatest reputation for craftsmanship things are changing. The Picasso should prove to be reliable and well constructed. The quality of the materials could be better, but at the selling price, you don’t get much better. The car boasts many class-leading statistics and is a good car for the money.

Security and Safety

The Picasso is not likely to fall victim to car thieves, but the car still comes equipped with remote central locking, and an engine immobilizer. This should be more than enough security for the Xsara Picasso.

The car’s safety features include ABS with EBD, a whole host of front and side airbags, three-point seat belts and Isofix child seat mountings. The car received four stars in the NCAP ratings.

The Finishing Touches

The car’s standard audio unit does a decent job of delivering good sound quality. The unit can easily be heard over any outside noise that manages to invade the car’s cabin.citroen-xsara-picasso-2007-exclusiv-full-full-excelente_MLA-F-3639711422_012013

The Xsara Picasso’s exterior design looks the most flattering in red. Red seems to bring out the car’s quirky personality and Blue also seems to suit it well. Dull shades are not very complimentary and should be avoided.


The Mid-sized MPV offers buyers a great deal in terms of comfort, space and versatility. The car’s price makes it even more appealing and the diesel engine option is the best choice.

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