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      29.04.2013 23:02
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      If you're after a larger vehicle to suit a family, this is a great choice

      This car is so good for busy family life.
      The seats are designed with French distances in mind so are really comfortable and stand up excellently on long journeys. The driving position is quite high on the road which we really enjoyed as it gives you surprisingly good vision, front & back. The gear stick is mounted on below the radio which took some getting used to but was something we actually came to love about this car.
      The biggest selling point for us as a family car was that it is possible, fairly easily, to fit three car seats across the back seat so we could fit our three children under five in without difficulty. The height of the seats is also great for lifting children and/or car seats in and out without destroying your back!
      The boot size is also fantastic and can be made even more so by removing all three of the back seats entirely. My husband successfully ran a gardening business using this car!

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        05.08.2010 02:04
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        I love my Xsara Picasso!

        The Citroen Xsara Picasso could be one of the most easily recognised cars in the UK. You can go on the shortest of journeys and you will always pass a few of them. It is a large family car that comes in 1.6, 1.8 and 2L models. The closest car to it is the Renault Megane Scenic which is very similar in a lot of ways although there are differences. The 2L model comes with an automatic tiptronic gearbox which would be useful but it hikes the price up a bit. I have the 1.6L engine, and whilst I wouldn't say no to a more powerful engine, it's easily the best car I've ever owned.

        The Xsara Picasso is not meant to be spectacular, it is meant to be a big functional car with lots of space and features, whilst also looking good. The blue model is the most common, though I have the silver which although slightly boring makes it look a little more cool than the red or blue. Let's start with the boot, basically it's absolutely huge and it looks as if you could fit a small car in it. For more space, you can fold forward all the back seats easily too. Attached to the side of the boot is a foldey out wheeley trolley, though this looks VERY nerdy so I don't use it.

        There is a total of 5 seats, if you need more the new version C4 Picasso has 7 seats. All of the back seats easily lift forward without any jerky or stiff switches or buttons that lots of cars seem to have when you attempt to flip them forward. These ones were meant to be moved and let you easily do it. You can take all the back seats out completely though I had a bit of a tought time trying to get them back in, perhaps I was doing it wrong but I've never taken them out since. All the seats have very thick cushions, both for the backrests and the bases. This means it's quite a high up vehicle, so might not be the best to drive if you are a shorter person. It is very easy to get in and out of though, and if you have friends or relatives that are less able they will love it. It also has a 'grand' feel to it as you feel you are towering over the other cars because you're so high up, yet you are only in a standard family car!

        I'm not that impressed by the driving position, as there is no height adjustment which for such a big car is quite an important thing. The steering wheel is also at quite a considerable angle away from the driver and can't be adjusted either. The front seats do have armrests though which can be useful for stretches of motorway or when stopping regularly at lights. The gearlever is also stuck to the front of the car where all the radio, air con controls etc are so is at a bit of a strange angle and can be hard to master at times, even though the positioning is meant to make it easier to use. It does also make the central column look very 'fat' and a little ugly. All of the dials are on a computer screen, which for some reason is centered and can be seen equally clear by the passenger when it should really be focused around the driver. It is a long rectangular screen with one thing next to another, including everything from the radio station to whether or not the doors are locked.

        Onto the driving, you have a lot of visibility, a lot than you think as the windscreen is very large and there are additional windows between the drivers window and the windscreen so that the pillars do not block your view when at junctions like you will normally find in many cars. As I just like to drive to get to places, MPG or Acceleration and such relating to this car is something I don't have a clue about nor am I interested in so unfortunately cannot help there. I do know that the suspension isn't the best as it bounces a lot when going around corners. Driving fast isn't the best feature of this car, since it only has a 1.6 engine yet is very big so needs quite a lot of acceleration to get up to 70 on the motorways and keep it there. As mentioned before, the gears being in a different place can throw you slightly, and I sometimes need to take a look at where the gearstick actually is and what gear it is at since it throws my inhibitions sometimes.

        In terms of reliability, the clutch went after I had it a week which was a bad start, but after that it hasn't happend again. Just before the latest MOT the constant velocity joints completely went. Aside from these, there hasn't been any major problems. The electric sunroof jammed for a period of time, but then began working again without explanation, and one of the child locks on the back doors doesn't work. In all though, I love my Picasso!! It's such a shame they have stopped making it!

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          12.06.2010 18:01
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          Great family car!

          Over the years I have had a number of cars. Usually Mrs Stebiz would leave everything up to me. I am very much an impulse kind of guy and if I see something I liked, I usually bought it. It is something she has got used to. She would come home on a few occasions and ask whose the car was outside, only to be told it was 'ours'.

          As she could not drive herself she saw little point in getting involved. I mean, at the end of the day, if I was the one doing the driving, then I guess I was the one who should be deciding what it is I wanted to drive.

          Back in 2007 though I had made a few comments how I was going to buy a new car. I usually tried to change the car on the 3 year stage,so I didn't have the hassle of the MOT or anything. I had the cash put to one side, and had an idea what I wanted to spend. My bank balance suggested a car could be purchased for about 12k, without me borrowing anything, and Mrs Stebiz was advised accordingly.

          On this occasion she did actually want a little input. A couple of years earlier little Stebiz no.3 had come along, so when we were on journeys, we had 3 children in the back. On our previous car there was an armrest in the middle of the back two seats. This needed to be lifted if the three seats were required, and the children had complained that with the car seat, it was a bit uncomfortable. The middle person had also had to have a seatbelt strapped across their waist, which we had been told was not good safety wise. It was therefore decided that not only did we want a family car on a budget, but we also wanted one with 3 crossover seatbelts at the rear.

          After checking out a few cars we stumbled on a Citroen dealership which sold a car called the Picasso. This car was priced at about £11,000. It ticked the box in relation to the seatbelt and also to many of my other requirements. It had electric front windows and half winding windows to the rear for the passengers. I asked the dealer if I could have a test drive and he gladly obliged. I was extremely happy in the handling of the car, and the comfort it gave.

          The Radio/CD player came as standard which was a relief, as I had become used to (and enjoyed) the CD player in my previous car. The controls to this can be found not only underneath the Radio/CD player, but also on my controls connected to the steering wheel, much in the same way as an indicator. It didn't have built in Sat Nav, but I had my own portable one, so this did not bring any problems. The dashboard itself was quite different to what I have become accustomed to. The mile-ometer is not only digital but is central to the dashboard for all to see. With it being French, I could also adjust the settings to display in Kilometres, which is something I have done whilst travelling abroad. It also keeps you informed how many miles you have left in the tank.

          Whilst reading on the net about security, I had noted that the spare wheel is situated under the boot, and it is common for thieves to take them, with little effort. For this reason I had a lock put on by the dealer, at an extra cost of £90, which I would advise everybody to do.

          As far as storage is concerned the boot is standard size, but the back shelf does come out, so if you really must stack it up you can do. It has certainly been enough (just) for the five of us to pack all our holiday gear when travelling abroad. There is also under floor storage in the footspace at the rear of the car, a drawer under the drivers seat and the usual drawer in front of the passenger seat.

          Another very important aspect when buying a car is fuel efficiency. I can only say that this is where I think the car falls short. Most of my driving is inner city and I struggle getting 25 miles to the gallon. My brother who also owns the same car (upon my recommendation) says the same. Even on longer runs I only manage about 30 miles to the gallon. So for those who do a lot of travelling I would bear this in mind. Personally I only cover about 10,000 a year.

          Safety is an important feature with this car and airbags come as standard to both passenger and driver.

          Since I have had this car I have had little to complain about it. One of the electronic windows failed, and I have had a few scratches and a puncture, but for the latter I can hardly blame the manufacturer.

          In September when my 3 years are up, I have yet to decide whether to replace the car. However if I do decide I may well quite decide to buy the same car again. The only little niggle is the petrol consumption, as I may be travelling a lot more in the next 12 months. I'll just have to see what September brings. But I would highly recommend this car.

          Thanks for reading

          Copyright Stebiz 2010 - also on ciao.co.uk

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            20.04.2010 14:35
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            Great family car

            I've had my Citroen Xsara Picasso for about a year now and couldn't be happier with it. I bought it as I needed a car that would take 3 full size child seats in the back and I didn't want a people carrier. This car fitted the bill perfectly. No problem getting all the baby seats in and they still had plenty of leg room. There is a power point in the front and also on the rear shelf which comes in very handy. The boot is big, I can fit a double and a single pram in there at the same time and still have room for some shopping. There are also cubby holes in the foot wells and boot, so there's lots of storage space. It's a very nice drive, comfortable, smooth and roomy. The driver and passenger seat can be moved up and down as well as forwards and back. There are smal pull down tables attached to the back of the driver and passenger seats for use by the rear occupants.
            The car has fitting holes for roof bars which we have atached with no problem. The digital display tells you how many miles to the gallon you are getting and also how many miles are left in the tank. It even reminds you that it's time for a service. You can lock the back electric windows, which is great if you've got small children. The car doors automatically lock once it moves away so can only be opened from the inside.
            For a reasonably big car it handles well and is fairly nippy. The car is a nice shape and looks smart, perfect as a family car.

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              07.06.2009 16:46
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              A great car that is fantastic to drive or be driven in

              I cannot comment on all bands of the Xsara Picasso but the Picasso deluxe that I use is a very nice car to drive and also a very comfortable car to be driven in. The car is quite large which may seem daunting however I find being that bit higher up off the road makes driving it a lot easier. Also contributing to its ease to drive is the vast amount of visibility provided by the large windows it has. This makes for much less stressful driving because you can see other cars around you.

              The windows also making riding in this car a very nice experience. You get a good view of all your surroundings which at least offers scant consolation if you're stuck in a car on a long journey.

              An interesting feature in the back of the picasso is that there are pull down tables on the backs of the two front seats. These are like the pull down tables on trains and planes, and whilst they are a good idea, they don't really work. You can't adjust the height of them and they are far too flimsy.

              I think the best feature of the car is a 12V socket in the back of the car as well as at the front- this is great for something like a portable mp3 player.

              In short, this car is pretty great as a family car which isn't too expensive. There are extra features that would be nice like ipod integration however you can't really expect this from a pretty standard (but very good) car.

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              15.10.2008 19:15
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              A great family car for a reasonable price

              We bought this car during my third pregnancy because we could not fit three
              car seats into our old car. Before I start I would like to point out that I am not
              Jeremy Clarkson and only have a car to do the school run. We used to have a
              Mondeo which I though was a huge heavy thing to drive so I was a bit worried
              about how I'd manage this car. To be completely honest I love this car! It's
              very spacious inside and fits three fixed car seats easily. It's high driving
              position is great and makes pulling out so much easier. The boot space is huge
              and mine regularly holds a double buggy, a single buggy and a full weeks
              shopping for a family of five. The insurance is much less than I paid on the
              Mondeo despite everyone telling me it would be expensive. It's quite nippy
              and very easy to park and reverse. If I was buying a new car tomorrow I would
              definitely buy another one.

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              05.10.2008 15:27
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              A great car. Plenty to choose from.

              We have just recently bought a Citroen Xsara Picasso 1.6 57 reg and we love it.

              One of the main reasons for this choice of car was the price. Me and my husband wanted to get a larger car that could comfortably hold 5 adults but our budget was arounf £6000. This car fit the bill perfectly.

              The xsara picasso is a very nice looking car. It has a lot of smooth lines and doesn't look too large and imposing. It is a 5 door car with a very reasonably sized boot. The model that we have has 5 seats, 2 in the front and 3 in the back - which can be removed in order to have even more space.

              The car is very easy to drive and the power steering really helps. It does not feel too over sized and is still easy to manoeuvere and park. The controls are all laid out within easy reach of the driver and are easy to control. The car has a built in journey computer which tells you how many miles you have travelled, roughly how mnay miles you can travel with the fuel you have in the car, the mile per gallon consumption and the average miles per gallon consumption. You can also choose to set the computer to show the date and temperature or information about what is playing on the sterio.

              The visability from the car is generally good, however the visibility out of the front of the car is sometimes restricted by the metal columns.

              So far the car seems to be doing quite a few miles to the gallon and this was one of the features we looked for when buying a car because of the rising cost of fuel.

              To fill the car with fuel cost us around £50 and this allowed us to travel around 300 miles.

              Overall we are both very happy with the car. It is easy to drive and get used to. It seems to have enough space and features to allow us to use it for a variety of tasks.

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              06.02.2006 18:44
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              A spaceous, comfortable, cool looking drive for any family

              We have had our 53 plate Citroen Picasso 1.6 for a year now, and I love it!! The first thing that stands out in my eyes is the cool streamline shape. It's different to anything currently on the market, without looking silly.

              Before the Picasso I had a Ford KA...so I couldn't have gone from much smaller to much bigger! I was a little worried, coz the front and back seem really long, and I was worried about scraping other cars, walls, etc. But honestly, it's alot easier to judge parking than you think. Like with all cars, you park, then get out and see how much further you could've gone...after a few months of doing this, I can judge the downwards sloping bonnet and boot very well. The windscreen is very large, a bit like being in a bus! But that's another thing I love about this car, great view.

              The Picasso is classed as an MPV, and has 5 seats. 2 in the front, and 3 proper full size seats in the rear. The seat belt for the middle rear seat comes from the ceiling of the boot, making it a proper diagonal seatbelt, as opposed to a lap belt. The front seats are really comfortable, and the back seats are slightly harder, but not uncomfortable. The rear seat in the middle can be slid forwards, bringing it closer to the back of the front seats! This could proove to be a handy extra when my child is a little older and wants to be closer to mummy.

              I have a childseat in the rear seat and it's is so easy getting my baby in and out. You don't break your back doing this, as the Picasso is higher than standard cars, you can get them in and out with ease. On the floor in the rear there are two concealed storage areas which are covered by floor mats so they can be hidden if required. We keep our service book and owners manual in one, and baby bits in the other.

              Another major plus point about the Picasso is the boot space. It is very large, and we have fit a pram, a buggy and shopping in there all at once...with space to spare. It is lovely to have such alot of room. In the boot there is also a fold up trolley thing on wheels, but it's stayed exactly where we found it, so a bit of a useless extra in my eyes. But I'm sure it'd come in handy to some people.

              Concentrating on the front of the car again...the steering wheel is height adjustable, and there are CD, radio, volume controls on a stalk coming out from the right side. The dials in this car are digitally displayed on a large LED panel in the middle of the dashboard. They are all very clear to read, and understand without constantly having to consult your handbook. The speedometer is displayed as large figures, which you just have to have a quick glance at while driving to check your speed.

              There is another stalk coming out from the right of the steering wheel and this is how you use the digital display. It will show your average speed, how many miles you have left before you need to put fuel in, average mile per gallon , date, which radio station you are tuned into or CD including which track you are listening to. After a few goes, you soon get the hang of it. It is very user friendly, and whichever function you are on, it will display on the LED panel in the middle of the dashboard. Also on the LED panel is the temperature, fuel indicator and the mileage. You can switch the display off if required or dim the brightness. It also displays the outside temperature and warns you of the risk of ice if applicable (which it is doing alot in the last few days! Brrrrr)

              There are a few cool little features of this car. E.g.If you have your front windscreen wipers on and you put the gearstick into reverse, the rear windscreen wiper automatically comes on clearing your view from the back window.

              This model has air conditioning and electric windows. On the dashboard there is a button which locks all the doors, I do this everytime I get into the car, more out of habit now I suppose. But I find this a comforting feature. As you open the drivers door, there is an option to turn off the passenger airbag so you can put a child seat there. It is simple to do using your key. A light then is permanently on the LED display telling you the passenger airbag is deactivated. The petrol flap is on the drivers side.

              In the last couple of weeks I have had a problem starting the car on 3 occasions, but our local Citroen garage are extremely friendly and are hopefully going to get to the bottom of why this is happening ASAP.

              Overall, this is an excellent family car and I would recommend to anyone with kids.

              A great MPV!

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                When a couple of friends bought Citroen Xsara Picasso's last year, I was mightily impressed by the shape, and the size of the car. We looked into getting one but realistically we couldn't afford a new one and even a used one would stretch our budget. But when my mum and dad gifted us some money, we realised that it could be very affordable and would really help us manage a new one. So my challenge started..... I had to talk the other driver in the house into it. There are 3 types of Picasso. The basic model is know as the LX. The key equipment in an LX is: - ABS with electronic Breakforce distribution - Driver, front passenger and front lateral airbags - Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners and force limiters - On Board Trip computer - CD/Radio Stereo with 6 speakers - High Frequency remote control central locking. - Electric front windows with one touch operation on drivers side - Electric and heated door mirrors - Heat reflected windscreen Now as a female driver who's only concern is a nice car which is easy to drive, most of the above is a foreign language. The next model up is a Moderate model I would say. It is known as a Desire. As well as everything in the LX model, the desire includes: - Air conditioning - Front fog lights - Leather steering wheel - Body colour painted bumpers, side rubbing strips, door mirrors, handles and rear number plate moulding - Cruise control (but only on models 2.9i 16V auto) - ESP with EBA and traction control (1.6HDi 1.6V 110hp and 2.0i 16v auto) The coloured bumpers etc makes a big difference as on the LX model they are blac
                k and personally look a bit out of place. The top model in the range is an Exclusive. The key equipment over the desire model are as follows: - Automatic digital Air Conditioning - 3 independantly sliding seats - Electric rear windows - Alloy wheels - Electrically retractable door mirrors - Air conditioned glove box - Automatic illumination of headlamps - Rear window sunblind - Boot net - Cruise control (except 1.6i) ESP with EVA and traction control (1.6HDi 16v 110hp and 2.0i 16v auto) We decided to test drive a basic model to get a basic feel for the car and see what we thought. My first thoughts in the drivers seat was "That blimming window is ginormous, it's like driving a bus). I did have my reservations but my other half really liked it and I decided that as he liked it it would be ideal to get. He was extremely impressed by the computerised Dash Board. Normally you have 1/2 circles behind your steering wheel where you keep an eye on speed, petrol guage, milage etc. In the Picasso, there is nothing behind the wheel, but in the middle of the dash board is a computerised sort of screen. In BIG numbers you can watch you speed change digitally and give an accurate speed such as 28mph instead of you attempting to guess. Also if you leave something on when you are getting out like leaving the keys in the ignition or my favourite, leaving my indicator on, it comes up to tell you why it is making the funny we ringing noise. You also have the choice of turning the key in the Rear doors and turning on the child locks, which I personally feel is an excellent idea. Eilidh however is not happy with mummy now as she can't get out of the car unless mummy or daddy open the doors for her. It's also grea
                t for locking Mother in Laws in. I have done that too. My mother in law was mortified! It's great that you can turn them off if you won't have children in the car and are having some friends on a girly day out or when my hubby goes bowling. At the drivers side there is a way to turn the airbag off for the front passenger seat. This is a personal choice. We haven't done it but I have seen some picasso mums with babies in the front who have turned it off. The car comes in 12 different colours, such a blue, red, green, grey, white and black. There are a couple of different shades of green and blues. There is a mixture of pearlesent or metalic paint. We chose Oriental Blue which isn't as Dark as Navy but a few shades down in my opinion. The inside interiors vary depending on what model and what colour you are going for. Ours is supposedly blue but looks a bluey grey colour. Leather inetriors are only available with the Exclusive models but I was grateful as on hot days wearing a short skirt or shorts, I have often been stuck to the seat and sometimes the leather gets too sore when hot. The inside of the car is very spacious which is one of the reasons why we bought it. We wanted 3 proper back seats with proper diagonal seatbelts. We have 2 car seats permanaently in the car and often someone has to squeeze in the middle or we take a niece or nephew or even one of the children's friends and we couldn't fit their car seat in so it meant rearranging everything which was something I didn't want in my new car. The middle seat belt confused me at first when I saw it. But the right hand side of the middle seat has a black seatbelt holder instead of the usual red and one part of the seat belt fits in here to form the diagonal belt and then the rest of the seatbelt pulls over from the back of the head rests at the
                roof and forms a diagonal seat belt with a red holder on the left handside. The seats are very roomy in the back and we have comfortably fitted 3 large car seats as well as just the 2 car seats with one person in the back seat. My only complaint with 3 car seats in the back is that as we have 2 highbacked booster seats it can sometimes be hard to get your hand down the side and fit the seatbelt into the holder, so please don't be in a rush when you have 3 seats in the back. Each seat has a head rest but we have removed these to fit the car seats in properly and the middle one blocked my view in my rear view mirror when I was driving which really annoyed me. On the floor in the back seat just behind the front seats you will come across 2 funny looking flaps in the floor. These are excellent storage areas. They aren't too big but great for keeping a selection of books or toys in for a long journey with young children. If we didn't have the children I have no idea what I would use them for. The middle seat also folds down and has room for 2 juice cups in our case and you can purchase a fridge to go in here if you want but I would be more likely to use it for storing toys or blankets if we were going on a long journey. The back of the front seats have little airplaine like tables with a hole for your cup in it and these have been very popular with our 2 who have learned to kick them out to get them up when they can't reach them! The front seats have lots of room too and are easy to move and adjust to the correct height for yourself. We have a manual car so the 3 pedals on the floor are in the usual places. The dash in our car is a nice grey colour. It has a build in CD/radio player which only takes one CD at a time and when you are used to a 10 stacker, it gets on your nerves severely. One thing I really like is that just below the wee stick for the wind
                ows and wipers is a wee lever which can control your volume, can change the track and can also change on to the Radio from the CD or vice versa. At first I didn't like it but now that I know where everything is I LOVE IT! It's so great to concentrate on my driving yet be able to do all this without having to reach over to the CD Player. The wipers and the controls for the CD player are on your righthand side and neither interfere with the other. You also have a rear wiper which is great news after 4 years without one and I am still learning that it is there. I ahve lost count of how many times I have accidently switched it on. Lights and indicator controls are on the opposite side and are fairly easy to work. It was all very well my hubby showing me where they were. But the first night I went out I nearly died when I wasn't sure what I was doing. I soon figured it out and off I went. You also have fog lights but seeing as I have had no use for these just yet, I can't comment. The car comes with the usual heaters and I did find that when the windows steamed up last week that it was easier just to put the cold air on instead of actually having hot on which I had done in the past. The front windows are electric and the drivers one you push quickly and it goes down all by itself. A few people have had a good laugh at me attempting to get my window down to a reasonable level with out it shooting down out of control. If you push and hold it goes down while you control it. Luckily the passenger side is not so much work and just has a manual control on it. There is a ciggie lighter. Not used by us and an astray which holds change for the Edinburgh Parking metres, but no smoking in my car please. Below that is a small storage area which I keep my driving sp
                ecs in and also my phone when driving. It closes which makes it hidden from view if you happen to leave your purse or anything in there. There is a large glove compartment which when you pull down the door you have space for 2 drinks and there are also large pockets in the doors which we keep our maps in. The one thing that won over this car for us was the spacious boot. Our previous car we had to bend down to put things in. This one is on one level and builds up and is very easy to fill up without too much bending over. Inside is a wee storage rack thing which you can pull out. We joked it was the wine carrier until i took ot out by accident and discovered that it was a small basket thing on wheels like a trolley suitcase. We haven't used this yet as we have the buggy in there and we haven't bought any wine. But we did a massive weekly shopping as well as a spending spree round the shops and everything fitted in well. They keys for the car. One comes with the button function while the other is just a key to open and lock the door. There were a few fights but I managed to get the button one in the end! The lights flash when you lock and unlock the doors to alert you that it is open. Although the lights have been the indicator ones and has had me baffled in this weather with the sun shining on wether I have opened the door or not. Overall we are loving our car and have both found it lovely to drive. The gearstick is on the dash which I did worry about but I got used to it fairly quickly along with a very large slanted window which actually makes it easier to see out of when driving. My hubby had been a bit bemused by the shape off the outside of the car. But now he is very happy with the choice of car and finds it a pleasure to drive. Being slightly higher up is nice as you can see around you better but I have encountered difficutly in parking i
                t while I still find my bearings in it. Fingers crossed that I learn soon. This is an ideal family car if you have a young family but also if you need a lot of space maybe for someone who has a disabilty or you just want a bigger car with a difference. This is the one for you. You can go on to the Citreon website and book a test drive. We looked at a lot of cars and this was definately our favourite. Eilidh loves our new car and everyone has commented on it. OOOH I can't wait to get back in it now and go for a drive.

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                  What a car, or minibus, or van or something. Where do you start with a car (or vehicle as my old bos would say) like this. The Xsara Picasso is one of the best all round people carriers on the market. It beats the competition on virtually all points. First thing you notice is the price, it's not the cheapest, but it is a better value MPV (I think that's what I'll call it to stop confusion) than any other in its price range. My wife has just bought the 1.6i SX. Why the SX and not the LX? For the CD player and air conditioning. I have to say that the air conditioning was not quite as good as I had expected; during the recent hot weather my wife gave up, swithced it off and opened all the windows. Its main fault, in my humble opinion, is probably that the air-con was designed for the Xsara hatchback and not such a large cabin as the Picasso. The overall look of the Picasso is typical distinctive Citroen. The dashboard is probably bigger than a Citroen Saxo in whole (I know - OTT, but its downside is struggling to clean the windscreen if your not a gorilla or of similar breed). The shear size inside defies the size outside. The car looks smaller on first impression than when you sit in the front seats. Thankfully it has wonderful variable power steering to help manuouvre it in tight spaces. The performance does leave a lot to be desired; its not fast but it can be reasonably economic driven with care.It IS however big and it IS clever: really - it's got a great computer system that tells you your average speed, fuel consumption, your immediate fuel consumption and how many mile you have left in the tank (although that is not strictly an accurate device and not to be relied on...especially when you considered how difficult it would be to have to push one of these vehicles). Note well, that if you want to wash this vehicle all over and your under 6 foot tall, either go through
                  a car wash or get a pair of step ladders! Beware also that the paint (if metallic( can scratch easily. The most important point I'd like to make about this car is its sense of safety. Yes we've seen the adverts about the new Xsara range, but normally I feel quite unprotected in these people carriers - too high up and glass too low down. The Picasso feels different...somehow. Maybe it's knowing that there are 4 airbags and ABS/EBD/EBA as standard. Test drive one, you'll be surprised how easy it is to drive and how practical they are. The one really neat item I found in the car was quite by accident. I'm sure some of you already know about the foldaway box in the boot. I thought I did until I lifted it the wrong way by accident one day: a handle came out and extended to the size of one of those shopping trolleys found so often being dragged with little care by dear old ladies. Subsequently, I found it also had a set of rollers to turn it into the same same item...now I can get my own back!!!

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