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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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85 reader reviews for Citroën Xsara Picasso MPV.
  • 2.0 HDi 90 LX 5dr

    John Titley , lancashire . Date: 05/05/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      49

    My car

    Bought a 2003 model 2.0 HDi diesel second hand in 2004 and still running it in 2012. 11,000 miles at purchase is now 113,000. Never broken down, but the following went wrong - 2004 worn seat belt webbing & front suspension ball joint - both repaired under warranty. In 2009 electric window mechanism failed; in 2010 one of the driveshaft joints began to give out - notifying its imminent demise with popping and rattling noises. That's it really. At 80,000 miles in a moment of absent mindedness that comes with middle age - I fuelled it up when it was nearly empty with 45 litres of unleaded. Drove 2 miles to home, car misfiring and making strange noises all the way - before I twigged what I had done. Car was recovered to Citroen dealer. The recovery lorry driver said - "if you had a VW or BMW diesel that would be £5000 to sort it out. But its a Citroen - their diesels are pretty tough". Two days later and £300 poorer it came back and has covered another 30,000 miles. Its dashboard and driver's door now rattle constantly and the seat fabrics are worn and stained from spilt children's food. Its been a mobile skip when we had building work done. Its had 5 litres of emulsion spilled in the boot, the kids have wee'd on the seats and vomited on the carpets. My eldest hates it and is desperate for me to get something new. The problem is what am I going to replace it with?

  • 2.0 HDi SX 5dr

    steven charles , west glorrmorgan . Date: 21/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      52.3

    My car

    I Have a 2.0 LITRE HDI SX 2002 It I Gastly And The Plastics Are Terribly Cheap And Nasty But My EX WIFE Bought It And Knowing Her Taste No Wonder She Bought It. If You Want A Nice Car Buy A Mazda 5 2.0 GSI TURBO

  • 2.0 HDi 90 Desire 5dr

    Dave Tordoff Date: 08/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Many of the negatives elsewhere are just about right, but there's something lovable about his car.

    The seats aren't the best, but less cramped than the Renault Scenic. My wife thinks it's 'very comfortable' - not bad after Jaguars, Audis and Ford Focuses.

    The 2.0 HDI takes a while to warm up and the big screen takes some demisting. Also, the chunky front pillars take some getting used to.

    A Scenic or S-Max will feel better built inside and out. But few cars match the price - similar age Focuses were £1000-£1500 more expensive. The Picasso is very French with comfort above sportiness, but bowls along nicely.

    The 2.0 HDI engine moves along nicely and cruises beautifully in 5th on the motorway, with plenty of overtaking power when needed. Not as good as my fabuolous Jaguar Turbo Diesel, but isn't frustrating either, which speaks volumes. Think of it as a good 'ordinary' diesel (boy racers needn't apply).

    The higher seating position is relaxing on long journeys but as expected, wind noise isn't the best.

    Where the Picasso wins hands down is on practicality. Hardly any bigger on the road than a Focus it's cavernous. Bigger than a Scenic with more cubby-hole capacity too.

    Fuel economy is great on the motorway and good in town. Add low road tax and insurance and it's highly affordable tranport.

    Lots of standard equipment in a Desire too.

    Small car costs, big car versatility and surprisingly nice to be in. I'm very happy with it.

  • 1.8i 16v SX 5dr

    Kathleen Loveard , Essex . Date: 19/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    I have had my Picasso for seven years now and am very pleased with it. It has never let me down, and is a joy to drive. It is very comfortable and easy to drive; economical too. And this summer four not-so-thin adults drove from Essex to The Dordogne, taking nine hours, and the car behaved immaculately. Even fully loaded it still had plenty of pulling power. My only complaint - and one that no-one else seems to suffer from - is that its impossible to put the heating on feet only, as no matter where the knob is set, it belts out heat everywhere. The only way to get your feet warm is to manually close all the other vents. Apart from this I love the car to bits and shall keep it for many years to come.

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