Used Citroën Xsara Picasso 2000 - 2010 review

Category: MPV

This is low-cost, five-seat MPV transport at its roomy, conventional best

Citroën Xsara Picasso (00 - 10)
  • Citroën Xsara Picasso (00 - 10)
  • Citroën Xsara Picasso (00 - 10)
Used Citroën Xsara Picasso 2000 - 2010 review
Star rating

What's the used Citroën Xsara Picasso MPV like?

You get five individual seats, plenty of space for everybody and a roomy boot. But, you don't get all the clever details of more modern rivals, such as the Vauxhall Zafira, Mazda 5 or Toyota Verso.

It's still a practical, versatile family wagon, though. The seats fold and are light enough to remove altogether without sweat. There's even a 'Modubox' trolley that you can unclip from the boot and use for shopping, too.


This is low-cost, five-seat MPV transport at its roomy, conventional best

  • Comfortable, spacious
  • well equipped and cheap
  • Seats can be a pain on longer journeys and visibility is restricted

The kids will like the view out, but the driver's vision is obstructed by the windscreen pillars, and it isn't great out the back, either. The driving position is van-like, some will find the instruments confusing and the seats are short of support - something you'll notice on longer journeys.

However, the ride is supple, all engines are decent (the turbodiesels are excellent) and it goes round corners tidily if you don't mind a bit of body lean. Overall, it's more than the sum of its parts.

Ownership cost

What used Citroën Xsara Picasso MPV will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Citroën Xsara Picasso MPV?

Nothing about the Picasso will prove costly, provided you get a sound one and don't buy too new an example. They depreciate fast from new - and because Citroen dealers dished out huge discounts on new ones, don't pay too much for a nearly new Picasso.

Value loss starts to level out in the second year and by the time it's three years old, the Picasso hangs on its value as well as most rivals. So if you're on a tight budget, bag a cared-for three- or four-year-old.

The diesels are economical - you can get over 50mpg with the 2.0 HDI and even nudge 60mpg with careful driving in the 1.6 HDIs. The petrols should return mid-30s.

Insurance is very fair - group five for the 1.6 petrol up to group nine for the lacklustre 2.0 auto petrol. Service costs are average, but no better than that.

Our recommendations

Which used Citroën Xsara Picasso MPV should I buy?

Pick any diesel - they're all good. The 90bhp 2.0 HDI is strong and there are two even better 1.6 HDI diesels (92bhp and 110bhp). All are easy on the juice, pull smoothly and are reasonably quiet. We'd be happy with any of them.

If you're on a petrol-only diet, though, go for the 1.8. It's much livelier than the 1.6 petrol, which can feel sluggish when the car's fully loaded. The 1.8 is also much quieter - the 1.6 can get a bit loud when you start to work it hard. There's also a 2.0 petrol with a four-speed auto gearbox, but it's a disappointing combination.

Trim levels kick off with LX, and all models have CD player, remote locking, twin front and side airbags, ABS brakes and electric front windows.

However, we'd recommend you step up to Desire for its (essential) air-conditioning. Top-trim Exclusive adds cruise control, electric rear windows, electric sunroof and alloy wheels to the already decent list of kit.


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