I am surprised that Citroen does not offer the fully automatic transmission in all markets. It seems right-hand models only get the EGS transmission. I test drove this and immediately decided not to go for it. It is not bad but it is simply not a real automatic. It gives you a strange "hesitating" feeling. The downside of ordering the automatic transmission is that it only comes with the 143HP petrol engine (in Switzerland). The fuel consumption is really horrible in town (11-12 litres!). Otherwise we love the car. It is soft and a wonderful long-distance cruiser. My wife is not a car freak, but she actually can't wait to drive it. I must admit though that we loaded the car with just about every option, so it was really expensive. The kidlets love the built in DVD screens.
I first took this car for a test drive a few weeks ago at my local Citroen dealer and loved it.
I wanted to try the EGS gearbox for myself and I wanted to see if the 1.6 HDI engine was powerful enough to pull the car with my family in it.
I have to say I was very pleased with the acceleration and cruising speed on the motorway. I couldnt see any reason for having the 2.0 HDI with it lower fuel economy and higher road tax.
I liked the car so much I bought the demonstrator car, which was a VTR+, and because it was a demo, it had a load of optional extras on it. With regard to the gearbox, I cannot fault it. It isnt jerky at all and it's a pleasure to drive.
Citroen has really improved on the overall quality with this car. I had tested the Ford S-Max, which is slightly bigger, but the Picasso beats it for quality and with all the little gadgets and gizmos the Picasso is better value for money.
I am a 28 year old man, who suffered a disabling accident at work over a year ago. I am now looking for a vehicle that would make driving a pleasure again, aswell as being economical as I have a family. I have reviewed many other vehicels, although some come close, none cover all the areas that I need a car too, except one, This one. I would recommend this vehicle to any one that has mobility problems. Great Vehicle.
The main concern with this car seems to be its automatic gearbox. On driving this car I was very impressed with the drive and the gearchange. In auto mode, a less heavy right boot produced smooth results; if you want to make swifter progress, switch it into manual change.
The car is light and spacious and full of thoughtful touches. The lack of a gear stick and traditional handbrake frees up so much space in the front of the cabin.
Overall I think this is a very good vehicle and I consider it to be the best in its category, so much so that I will put my money where my mouth is and buy one (after waiting for Citroen to give a better discount).
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