Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

Thanks to a high driving position all round visibility is very good in the Xsara Picasso while the dashboard and centre console are clear and uncluttered. The high mounted gear lever is close to the wheel so the drivers hands never have to move far, but the steering wheel and seat don't offer enough adjustment to find a comfortable driving position.

The quality isn't great either and many of the plastics feel cheap and scratchy while squeaks and rattles seem to develop quickly.

Engine noise is the biggest gripe in the Xsara Picasso. With the exception of the 1.6HDi, all the units sound strained, especially the older 1.6-litre petrol engine. There is also some wind and road noise, although the stereo system drowns out the racket by getting louder according to the speed. Thankfully, there shouldn’t be too much moaning from the kids in the back as they get plenty of room but the seats in the front lack support and aren't particularly comfortable for long journeys.