Citroen Xsara Picasso (2000–2010)

Last updated 6 July 2016

Cheap to buy new and used, spacious cabin with three full size seats across the back, comfortable cruiser, aerodynamic shape means 1.6 HDi can do 55mpg.
Some quality problems. Not as good to drive as the Xsara on which it is based. DMFs can give trouble of 1.6 HDi, but were not fitted to 2.0 HDi.
Updated 28 July 2014

Warranty Direct claims records show the 2000-2010 Citroen Xsara Picasso to be the 3rd most reliable used MPV out of manufacturer warranty.

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Introduction

A cheap to buy and spacious people carrier the Xsara Picasso has been one of the most popular people carriers ever made and makes up part of Citroen's wide range of people carriers that includes the far superior C4 Picasso. First introduced in 2000, the Xsara Picasso now feels pretty dated in terms of both design and cabin flexibility, but if you look past that you'll find a family car that's great value for money.

It's very useful too with plenty of cabin room and three individual full size seats in the back. There's plenty of space for those in the back, even those over six-feet tall, while superbly forgiving suspension and a smooth ride make it ideal for long journeys with children. It copes on more demanding roads too where the Xsara Picasso feels pretty composed for what is a fairly tall people carrier.

There is a little bit too much body roll, which isn't pleasant for those on board if you're tackling a long twisting route, while the artificial steering means it's not particularly enjoyable to drive either. The vague gear shift doesn't help matters either.

Overall, while it's cheap, the Xsara Picasso doesn't feel particularly robust or durable. The interior easily develops squeaks and rattles, the doors close with a empty 'clang' rather than a reassuring 'thud' and it's noisy on the motorway. But the one saving grace is the impressive 1.6 HDI diesel engine which will average 55.4mpg.

There are better people carriers around, but for sheer value for money, few can match the Citroen Xsara Picasso. It certainly represents plenty of family car for your money.

Road Test Citroen Xsara Picasso 2003 2.0i automatic

Owners' reviews

4
comfy, spacious economical
5
Not the coolest car but reliable and practical
3
Juicy
5
Remarkably reliable, economical and versatile load carrier and long distance cruiser.
3
nice car ruined by rubbish build quality
4
Decent
 

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