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Citroen Xsara Picasso Exclusive Petrol 1.8 2004
With the introduction of a second child to our family the time had to come to upgrade from our little Vauxhall Corsa to a more suitable, and grown-up car!
As a second hand car I don't think you will find many better valued ones available. However there are some downsides which I will get out of the way first. It is not the most attractive looking car. The design is slightly boring and safe but because of this it also means that it doesn't date as quickly as others. The fuel economy is working out at roughly 35 mpg which at current prices is about £10 for every 60 miles or so. The turning circle is not great; something similar would probably be a ferry!
However it does have many positives. Added extras were relatively cheap when first bought and this version doesn't disappoint with cruise control, trip computer and automatic headlights. The size is very comfortable for all passengers, easily fitting 3 adults in the back seats. The boot space is large. Family holiday luggage will be swallowed up without a second thought and there are several clever extra spaces around the car for more possessions. The performance is nothing to write home about but whether you are travelling at 30 or 70 mph it feels very relaxed and smooth with an excellent driving position without feeling like you are driving a tank!
As a family car (5 or less) it works extremely well and is very reasonably priced, many for under £2000. It is not flash and won't ever make your friends envious but it will last. If you don't ask too much of it, it will do everything you want!
I bought a Citroen Zsara Picasso in 2002 as a result of having a baby and my Golf GTI not being a family car. At first it was hard to get used to not being able to accelerate as fast as I was used but then I did get used to driving the car. It was a very easy car to just get in and drive and although we originally bought it because it was about £3000 cheaper than its closest rival, it was probably the best choice of people carrier that was round at the time.
The servicing costs are reasonable and in the nearly 8 years that I have owned the car, there have only been a couple of major faults, both of which were repaired under warranty. The first was the electric display board went wrong and the second was a wheel shaft which was cracked (I think - I am not technical with cars). After the faults were repaired, the car was absolutely fine and I haven't had any problems since.
The car is very spacious and can easily accommodate three child/baby seats in the back which is a bonus. I especially liked the fact that there is a second power point in the back of the car as well as the cigarette lighter in the front.
We have the Exclusive version which included cruise control which is absolutely fantastic when travelling long distances.
I would definitely recommend the car for any families as there is an awful lot of stuff to cart around once you have kids and this car has the space to accommodate this fact.
One disadvantage was that the seats in the back were not as comfortable as the seats in the front. I wasn't sure if this was because they weren't used as much. Another downside was that the interior of the car wasn't of the highest quality but the features that you got with the car made up for the quality.
The citreon xsara picasso is the car i used to share with my dad. It was honestly an amazing car it did everything i needed it to while at the same time it suited my dad's works needs. As you probably already know it is a big family car that is very spacious (so spacious it has trays on the back of the seats to eat meals on) It also has a lot of bootspace to fit anything you would need it to really. It is as smooth as any car i have been in on the road and is so reliable (i dont think i have ever had a problem with it so far) It is also so comfertable because as i said above it is just so spacious. If you need to travel long journeys this car is ideal for you as you can just relax and even stretch out while of course having the comfort of eating from the trays provided. Overall a really reliable car that is good for long journeys.
As a serial carchanger, I purchsed a Y reg on of these in 2000 - 9 months old at the time - from the Citroen dealer in Coleford. It was in Misty Lilac, a lovel Citrion colour not a millions miles away from Silver, but with a slight lilac tinge - very nice.
I owned the car for about 18 months before changing to a focus estate due to a mucky dog that liked to make a mess in the car!
Looks - i think like a lot of Citrioens you either love it or hate it, but compared to the more boring looking MPV's around it had a much more fun appearance! Lots of nice curves both in and out! Not much else to say really, its a personal choice!
Interior - well i always loved mine - very comfy seats and well designed space inside the whole cab, with lots of nice cubby holes and storage compartments. he material on the seat was very soft to the touch too, nice in the summer when in shorts!
Drive - Most of the time it was a very nice drive -certainly well suited if you spend a lot of time on motorways and long journeys due the levels of comfort and space. However due to its shape and height if you spend a lot of time on twisty roads you may find its not as stable as you like! So depends very much on your car use!
Niggles - the only niggle i had other than the drive on twisty roads would be the part of the car between the roof and the bonnet, the struts supporting the windscreen - are in slightly the wrong place and if pulling out of a awkward road vision can be limited
Overall if you have a family and are mainly on fairly normal flat roads, itsa great car and can be picked up at a great price!
We bought this car to replace a Nissan primera about 2 years ago. At first I was quite doubtful about it as we had never owned a car as big as this before and didn't really see the advantages of it compared to the disadvantages of higher fuel consumption and harder parking but now we are smitten with it. In fact our next car will probably be the new version of it.
The large boot space and easy to fold-down seats mean that the car can keep up as the kids bikes get bigger. There is enough room for a Christmas tree, a guinea pig hutch and a turkey at the same time.
The fuel consumption is also impressive, although if the computer is to be believed then this car could probably drive from London to Sydney on one tank of fuel.
The shape is, if not admirable, then at least elegant. It is certainly eye catching and is more practical than might be thought. It is noticeable without being vulgar, and attention grabbing without being indiscreet.
Our's is the base model of the range, and for our uses its accessories have proved perfectly adequate.
The console computer is not foolproof but is definitely usable and the radio, although not faultless is more than what I would expect. It also comes with the safety features you'd expect from Citroen.
The car is big, and the engine isn't exactly massive so acceleration is about what you'd expect. The handling is also below average although you can't expect much from this kind of car.
This car has proved its worth time and again, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to potential buyers.
Our last car was a Renault Scenic and I have got to say that for us it was a disaster, the one thing we did like however was the space and versatility it gave us, so when we had to go and get a new car we had little doubt that we wanted another mpv, thankfully at this stage there was several out on the market and we had a good look around. We eyed the Citroen Picasso and where sold.. The lines of this car makes it aesthetically pleasing to look at beautiful curves and for the first time (not looking at a Mercedes Sports car - my big weakness) I actually thought That is a beautiful car. We went to have a closer look at our local car dealers and ended up with a test drive. As the car is comfortable and you just get a beautiful drive in it I was sold. My husband had a test drive and felt the same way so it was quickly decided that we wanted to buy this car. Due to our original local garage messing things around a little (not being very quick at sending us paperwork we wanted before signing on the dotted line) my husband went on the web and found a wonderful deal on the Picasso that actually was £2000 cheaper than the car we originally had intended to buy. It was also the 1.8 model as opposed to the 1.6 model so we felt very happy. (in total it took us 10 mins to do this deal with a garage up in Bucks the guy who answered our phonecall must have made the quickest commission of his career) Well this was back in November 2000 and we are still happily driving our Picasso. I still think it is a wonderful drive I LOVE how it has the dashboard displays in the middle of the car and I love how easy it is to change the dashboard display, and there is so many lovely and well thought out touches to this car that I don't know where to begin.. to mention a few of these lovely touches. The approx mileage to next petrol fill. The ease of which it changes from miles to kilometres. The 3 full sized seats at the back, making it possible
to have 3 car seats in the back. And the gear stick halfway up the dashboard making it easily accessible and a very comfortable driving position (plus extra room between front seats) Back in May 2001 we drove to Denmark in the car (via Harwich Esbjerg ferry) we were a little worried about driving for this length of time with 2 young children in the back (our daughters at the time was 1 and 3) but it went fine. We did not need to constantly get out to stretch our legs as you have a comfortable position to sit in and several possibilities to change seat position and our daughters felt happy and contended in the back just watching the car's and the landscape go by.. We drove just short of 1000 miles on this trip and at the end of it still felt happy with our choice of car.. My husband told me that he had been asked what got him down the lane of buying a mpv. He replied you don't decide to buy one your circumstances dictates you to get either a mpv or a station car.. Well given our circumstances (2 kids one on the way and living in the suburbs) I feel very happy with out choice of car and I do not see us changing it any time soon. Very good buy that I would recommend to anyone with a busy family life..
24th April 2001 Update; I'm still driving my Picasso. Infact, now I am so used to driving it, I may as well be driving a mini, as it's so easy. I now keep a single pushchair and a tandem in the boot, and STILL have some room for the shopping. My Picasso has made longer car journey's far more tolerant for myslf and the rest of the family. With the weather now getting milder, I find the air conditioning absolutely wonderful, especially as it's so easy to overheat little ones in the car, and I hate having windows open(well it lets in all that carbon monoxide, not to mention what it does to your Barnet). So, several months down the line, I may hanker for a 2 seater sports car, but I'm still glad we purchased our Picasso, and have no regrets or reasons to grumble. Here is my original op: We purchased our 5 door, 2.0L HDi Picasso last November after a lot of looking around and comparing with other MPV makes and models. All the motor magazines pointed us towards the 2 litre diesel model. We have not been disappointed. However don't expect a detailed run down of the merits of the engine ect. All I know is that once filled up, the tank seems to go on for ever!! As a recent convert to the diesel engine, I have had to get used to the different sound of the engine, and the size of the car(my last car was a nippy 1.6 Saxo VTR), but I may as well be driving my Saxo because the Picasso is really easy to drive. At first it seemed difficult to judge the length of the bonet when parking as more space has been provided inside by a deep dash board, but now it's easy. The cars actual dimensions are; length 4.27m, height, 1.63m, width 1.75m and wheelbase 2.76m. It feel large and roomy inside, but being smaller than say a Ford Galaxy, or Toyota Praevia, is easier to park. Now, what the women want to know. My kids sit high up affording good views on our travels. There are side airbags for their protection
in the back, and the passenger airbag in the dash can be switched off so that my tiny baby can be in the front. In the back there are fold away tables and drinks can be slotted into them. There are even storage boxes in the floor to store extra baby equipment. The boot is big, 510 litre, I can get my tandem pushchair and all the grocery shopping in there without any problems. Of course the really important thing to know is what colours does it come in and what are the seats like(well if you're anything like me that is!). We went for Storm grey, a deep metalic grey which looks good with the alloy wheels. Over all the colour range was a little lacking in choice, I felt, but then thats just a matter of taste. The seats are really tasteful velour in cool muted shades and I especially like the arm rests and high up gear stick. I don't even have to move my arm to change gear! Overall, the Picasso is good to drive, although don't expect any burns at the lights! You feel safe and comfortable and it's many extra features makes it practical for a family with different aged children. My favourite feature is the satelite navigaton system, it's brilliant, I never have to fear getting lost or looking at maps on the move again, particularly when you have children in the car. The system cost us an extra £750, but it's been money well spent. I've used it at least 20 times already, and saves having to stop to look at maps a long the way, or even more dangerous, having to keep glancing at a map whilst driving. The really clever thing about it, is if having followed the audible directions, you make a mistake, such as one day in central London. The system instantly re-computes and gives you your next instructions, it's impossible to get lost!Well worth the additional expense. The 2 litre Hdi is as you would expect, more environmentally friendly, and this as an important feature for us when converting to
diesel. CO2 emissions(g/km) are 148 compared to the 1.6i's 187 or even more, the 1.8i 16v's 195. Well, if you've read this far, you might like to know about a few more facts and figures about the car. So here are some rattled off facts. Performance(with just driver), maximum speed, 107mph, 0-62mph(sec) 13.1, standing to 400m(sec) 18.8, standing to 1000m(sec) 34.8. Engine specifications; CC-1997, Hp DIN 90, rpm 4000. Finally, here is a list of the standard equipment that you can expect from all Picasso models. -ABS -Driver,passenger and front lateral airbags. -Passenger airbag cut off device. -Front seatbelt pre-tensioners with force limiters. -Side impact protection. -PAS. -High frequency remote central locking and transponder immobiliser. -One touch electric front windows(rear are manual). -Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors. -Digital dashboard and on-board computer, this is great as it can tell you how many more miles you will get from whats left in you're tank if you continue at the speed you are at. -Date, time and exterior temperature display. -Maintenance indicator. -Three individual rear seats with three seatbelts, all are removable and foldable. -Bottle and can holders in front and rear seats. Although we certainly didn't go for the most basic model, I believe if we had we would also have been happy. The money we have spent however, was not wasted, and I certainly give a big thumbs up to the Picasso!
UPDATE: No change to my views on it's motoring capability (still ace!) just one pointer for anyone thinking of buying one....Those little tables on the back of the Driver and Passenger seats...if a child around the age of 4+ decides to put their feet up on them, they break! At this point, I have no idea how much it will cost me to get it fixed, but it's darned annoying that the one on my eldest's side broke SO EASILY! ******************************************** Two days before moving from London to the North West of England, my extremely irritating Citroen BX decided to bite the dust (see opinion posted earlier!). I walked out of the garage where the blessed motor had been given the last rites, and found myself inexorably drawn to their showroom next door. There, in the window, was the vision known as the Xsara Picasso. My last company car was the Renault Megane Scenic, of which I was very fond, but only had it for 6 weeks before it was summarily snatched away through the joys of redundancy. I had toyed with the idea of buying a second-hand Scenic once the house-move was completed, but that first glance into the Citroen showroom window wiped that idea clean out of my head. I should point out at this juncture that I am not an expert on cars, so my opinion is that of a traveller rather than an engine enthusiast. As a mother of two children under 5, the Picasso is a dream come true. It has five full size seats (instead of that one designed for very skinny people in the middle at the back!), and the self-same middle back seat also folds down to create a very handy table with drinks holders – just the thing to keep small childrens’ sweets and crayons in, therefore preventing those dangerous moments mid-M6 at 70mph when you are asked to retrieve said items from the footwell! Next most useful idea is that the gearstick is positioned in the dashboard instead of sticking up out of the floor
between the front seats. Firstly, this is very easy to use, far more comfortable for some reason. Secondly, it clears the space between the seats so that if there is another adult in the front, they can easily deal with the children in the back without obstructions. If, like me, you are a fan of places to shove things like umbrellas, maps, polo mints, and all the other Essential stuff, then the Picasso will leave you in paroxysms of joy – every day I find a new hidey-hole! They are in the floor, the walls, the dash, under the dash, the sides of the boot – you name it, they’ve found a way to stash stuff in it! The pockets in the doors are also big enough to hold a large bottle of water in a semi-upright position. Visibility is excellent – it’s like coasting along in a giant pod. You get virtual panoramic views from the driver’s seat and the way the windscreen wipers start from either side and cross over in the middle ensures that rain is very efficiently swept away at various speeds. All the controls are easy to find and operate, which is just as well because the French printers are on strike and the showroom has therefore been unable to give me a handbook so far! Perhaps the most radical part of the operational design is the computerised dashboard display. The speedometer is an actual LED of the numbers – i.e. it scrolls up from 0 every time you accelerate, which I personally find irritating. I don’t necessarily want to know my precise speed all the time, plus the size of the display and the constant changing of numbers took some getting used to. I can nearly ignore it now, but find nervous passengers constantly commenting on my 2-3mph over the speed limit a bit harder to ignore! The seats are comfortable, with pull-down arm-rests for both the front seats – handy for the driver on long motorway journeys, but needs to be pushed back up when changing gears, so no
good for around town. The heating system seems to be very efficient, but due to the recent weather I have yet to test the Air Conditioning! Perhaps I will have to add to my opinion in the summer. As I said, I’m no expert, but I find the drive itself very smooth, with ample acceleration. The petrol consumption is higher than I am used to (see Citroen BX Diesel!). At todays prices I fill the tank for around £36.00 and usually get between 290-320 miles out of it. My mathematical abilities unfortunately do not stretch to working out what the mpg is, not least due to the lack of handbook ensuring that I currently do not know the tank capacity! Price-wise, I know I got a great bargain. I walked in on the last day of a major promotion. The list price for the 1.8 SX (includes CD player as standard) is around £14,400. I got it for £10,750. The finance deal was pretty good too, having opted to pay a £6000 deposit, the total charge for credit is only £700 over 2 years – not bad at all. Overall, I do recommend this model for anyone with 2-3 kids – especially if you don’t mind them imitating the advert and drawing all over the upholstery with their handily-placed crayons!