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’.