Car Reviews: Citroen Xsara Picasso 1.6 HDi – The AA

8 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Car Reviews: Citroen Xsara Picasso 1.6 HDi – The AA

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1.6-litre HDi is incredibly torquey and powerful. of interior makes for a spacious and ride. Versatility and adjustability of seats and driving position.

sunroofs make for a light and feel in the Picasso’s cabin.

Centrally mounted electronic makes monitoring speed High biting point of and slushy gearbox hinder Off the wall looks and styling are to look somewhat dated.

and roll in the corners is worrying diesel engines performance.

Xsara Picasso has to be one of the most and practical five seaters on the It may not look as avant-garde as it once but with the French firm’s discounts and offers there be many more affordable into midi-MPV motoring.

Five practical seats, a sized boot and more storage than most would know what to do make the Picasso a seriously family car at a seriously reasonable price.

It may not be quite as versatile as the Zafira or have as good an as the Volkswagen Touran, but the Xsara-based still holds its own in most Ride and handling are civilised and the smaller of the two diesel powerplants it has unexpectedly high levels of

Standard equipment and kit levels are across the board with Exclusive models benefiting many of the modern gadgets and on the market. However, it no longer the Citroen corporate face and as a will begin to look and more dated as time

For those in need of a proper car on a tight budget the Citroen is hard to beat. Initial prices are lower than of most rivals, insurance are low across the range and with of the two diesel engines on board economy should also be

Our verdict on the Citroen Xsara 1.6 HDi

Xsara Picasso is versatile and and with the 1.6-litre HDi powerplant it remarkably well. Styling is to look less and less however.


Citroen is for coming up with some of the deals in motordom. Almost day one can turn on the TV and find another promoting cash back or interest free credit In fact, if you pay the full asking for any car in the French firm’s range you are throwing money away. The engines return good economy and the very low insurance should make premiums for all but the under 25 years of age.

Servicing and repair costs also be affordable.

Space and

The Picasso’s boot is one of the largest in its at 550 litres with the rear in place. There is also a nifty plastic folding included, which attaches to the In-cabin stowage is taken of by various cubbyholes and bins, two of are located under the front

The glovebox isn’t the tiniest on the but will only hold a few items.

Controls and display

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ABS, side impact protection, and side airbags, fuel and passenger cut-off devices, belt pre-tensioners and force and three-point rear seat all make it on to the standard safety list. Only ESP and traction elude the base LX model.

Driver appeal

As a midi-MPV the driving appeal was always to be limited, after all, is a vehicle designed to transport and things rather than set the racing. That said, the and power of the 1.6-litre HDi engine and the fairly surefooted stance to make the driving experience at a little entertaining.

Family car

First car appeal

Quality and

Peugeot Citroen-developed engines are so the 1.6 HDi’s powerplant should be enough. The rest of the package seems to be well stuck There is a reassuring clunk the doors are shut and all of the mechanical are fluid and unhesitant. Citroen have the rather unfortunate of being a maker of ‘soft’

How much truth there is in today is debatable, however is reality and for most people equals well made and equals shoddy.


at the Picasso’s high roofline the outside, the less limber and … may flinch at the prospect of aboard. These fears be unfounded though, as reaching the of the seats requires no more a brief step up on tip toes. the competitively-sized boot is also given its low floor level.

and ICE (In car entertainment)

Base models are fitted with a radio/cassette, may well be what is called a up option’, but in this day and age many find it a bit of an inconvenience. Better models benefit from a CD The six-speaker set up copes well and out all other aural intrusions the cabin.

However, the speed sensitive volume can make you feel you are going deaf and/or mad at

There are plenty of useful bins and airplane style

Colours and trim

The Citroen’s trim feels solid and appointed for a car of this type and There are no ragged edges or buttons to spoil the overall The cabin is very light and particularly when filled beige-coloured seats and carpets.

colours like green and work well on the outside.

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