I have moved from a Chrysler Grand Voyager across to a Citroen Xsara Picasso 2.0 HDi SX, and I have to say the move hasn't been the wrench I thought it was going to be. I enjoy the quirkyness of the Picasso, along with it's fuel economy, cheaper tax bracket and next to nothing on the insurance front, compared to the Chrysler. The trim could be a little higher spec and there does seem to be a lot of plastic, but then with two small children it wipes clean fairly easily. The upholstery in most of the 15 I viewed and test drove was a little on the garish side, but knowing the French, that's supposedly fashion! The black model I now have has a fairly non-offensive interior. It handles quite well and is responsive in 5th at 80mph on the motorway, even when fully loaded with five adults (can only vouch for the 2.0 Hdi though). Economy wise it's good - 55-60 mpg on a steady run(45-50 mpg combined). Parts are fairly reasonable (so I'm told by my brother in law, who's a mechanic) - though, touch wood, I haven't had to put anything on it yet. I like the digital dash, but would agree, the viability of it is poor in bright sunlight, but then we live in England so the dash should be visable most of the year really! Steering wheel controls for the onboard computer controlled equipment is good, sound system could do with an upgrade though - speakers aren't up to much. All in all, a great family car that doesn't break the bank!
Jamie Norgrove, Staffordshire, March 10th 2008