Roomy, practical and cheap to buy. It’s easy to drive and comfortable, too, with a softly sprung ride.
The five-seat MPV is ageing now and feels it, with cheap plastics and dull looks. Its residuals are poor, and Citroen’s own C4 Picasso isn’t much more expensive.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Citroën XSARA PICASSO MPV performance
Two engines are available: a 109bhp 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre HDi diesel with 91bhp. Both can feel sluggish with a full complement of passengers and luggage aboard, but are fine for most everyday chores.
Citroën XSARA PICASSO MPV ride & handling
The Picasso’s ride is soft and supple but never mushy, coping well with rutted city streets and undulating motorways. However, body roll is pronounced during cornering - a trait accentuated when the car is fully loaded.
Citroën XSARA PICASSO MPV refinement
The 1.6-litre petrol makes itself heard if you rev it hard. The turbodiesel is extremely smooth, with little clatter on start-up. Some wind noise filters into the cabin, particularly if you have the full-length sunroof fitted. A dash-mounted gearchange lacks the precise action of some rivals’.