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Citroen Xsara Picasso 1.6 HDi Exclusive

Citroen

Review

VERGING on its fifth birthday, the Citroen Xsara Picasso is beginning to show its age. But it doesn’t stop this trusty MPV from being a practical solution for those wanting load-carrying space with the comfort of a car.

It’s certainly not for those wanting to stand out from the crowd, though. The Picasso has been one of the best-selling MPVs for a few years now and has become a common sight out on the road.

I put the Picasso through its paces during a recent house move. It coped famously with various household objects piled up onto its reclined seats, but ferrying the contents of one house to another I was not alone.

Every other vehicle on the road seems to be a Picasso. Maybe it’s the area where I live, stereotypical suburbia with 2.4 children.

Or it could be the price. At £16,645, our range-topping diesel Picasso – the 1.6 HDi Exclusive – is good value for money for buyers in a market where MPVs can reach £20,000, particularly when you consider the cashback deals and other incentives Citroen has become known for offering.

A Renault Scenic 1.9 dCi Privilege will set you back about ££18,500 or for £17,000 there is a top-of-the-range Nissan Almera Tino 2.2 dCi SVE. Even the Ford Focus C-MAX 1.6 TDCi Ghia, which has exactly the same engine as our Picasso, comes in at £18,190.

However, its ubiquitous nature and Citroen’s keenness for offering deals has taken its toll on residual value predictions, with CAP Monitor quoting it will retain just 27% of its value over three years/60,000 miles.

Model: Citroen Xsara Picasso 1.6 HDi Exclusive
Price (OTR): £16,645 (£17,145 as tested)
Mileage: 12,819
CO2 emissions (g/km): 131
Company car tax bill (2005/6) 22% tax-payer: £53 per month
Insurance group: 8
Combined mpg: 57
Test mpg: 48.9
CAP Monitor residual value: £4,500/27%
HSBC contract hire rate: £302
Expenditure to date: Nil

  • Figures based on three years/60,000 miles
  • CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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