The Picasso offers a decent level of equipment for the cash, and you can get a good discount with little or no effort. Servicing and insurance costs are reasonable and all the engines return good fuel economy – the HDi diesel betters 50mpg on the combined cycle. Both models hold their value fairly well considering the huge discounts on offer to buyers.
Citroën XSARA PICASSO MPV quality & reliability
The Picasso uses proven mechanicals, and owners rated its mechanical reliability as above average in the 2010 JD Power customer satisfaction survey. However, the gearchange can get slightly notchy and petrol engines are prone to coolant leaks. Problems will be covered by Citroën’s three-year warranty.
Citroën XSARA PICASSO MPV safety & security
Safety features include twin front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, a trio of three-point seatbelts in the rear and child-seat mounting points; VTX models have electronic brakeforce distribution. There are no deadlocks or alarm, and in our attack tests we gained access in just 15 seconds.