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Citroën Xsara Picasso 2.0 HDi Desire 5d (2005/05)

Citroën Xsara Picasso 2.0 HDi Desire 5d (2005/05) - Owner Review

Luggage carrying capacity plus the ability to carry five adults in comfort. No DPF or DMF so far less to go wrong than on a modern EU legislation crippled diesel. Excellent fuel economy - 48mpg average in mixed driving - but a lot depends on tyres and weather.
5

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Review submitted by
Simon Hickie on

Citroën Xsara Picasso (00-10)

Summary

5 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Places practicality above style.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Don't care!

Would you buy this car again and why?
Yes. 2.0hdi a very practical engine with little to go wrong - no dual mass flywheel or diesel particulate filter. Very practical load lugger. Cheap to maintain & insure.

What are you likely to buy next?
Either a Citroen Berlingo Multispace or a Skoda Yeti.

Buying experience

5 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Independent

Did you buy this car new?
New

What price did you pay?
£10,500

When did you buy the car?
June 2005

Did you get a good deal and why?
Yes - about £4000 below list

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Needed to carry five adults regularly

What was the dealer like?
Excellent

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Easy. Steering a little lifeless but safe. Acceleration adequate, but overtaking on A roads can be problematic. Light controls. Variable speed intermittent annoying - varies with vehicle speed.

What's it like to park?
Large turning circle makes it more awkward than it should be. Not easy to judge front & rear end position.

Living with it

5 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Engine thermostat leaked - fixed under warranty. Nothing else in 87000 miles.

What's most practical about your car?
Luggage carrying capacity plus the ability to carry five adults in comfort. No DPF or DMF so far less to go wrong than on a modern EU legislation crippled diesel. Excellent fuel economy - 48mpg average in mixed driving - but a lot depends on tyres and weather.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Trip computer.

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