A five-door compact MPV, the Citroen Xsara Picasso went into production from 1999 to 2010. It was assembled in various parts of the world though, manufactured in France, Egypt, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Spain, and China at various points in time during the production cycle. At the time of its first release, the Xsara Picasso came with two trim levels: LX and SX. These trim levels were complemented by three choices of four-cylinder engines—two petrol units and a diesel option. Petrol options include 1.6- and 1.8-litre units while the diesel engine available came with a 2.0-litre capacity. After the Xsara Picasso's run, it was succeeded by the Citroen C3 Picasso and the C4 Picasso. Like its little brothers, the Xsara Picasso was named after Pablo Picasso. The painter was associated with the Citroen name first when he included a Citroen DS in his work "The Wreaths of Peace."
Even when the C4 Picasso was already in the market, the Citroen Xsara Picasso was still a popular choice so that tells you that the vehicle must have definitely addressed a wide array of concerns. In fact, it was recognized by Autotrader.co.uk as the most popular MPV in UK for 2007. Mostly though, it has to do with the fact that the Xsara Picasso is very affordable and at the same time offers a generous list of equipment as standard, combining practicality and affordability with ease.
For a 1.6 HDi Xsara Picasso, for instance, standard equipment include: air conditioning, cruise control, electric mirrors, heated mirrors, electric windows in front, height-adjustable seats, power steering, an adjustable steering rake, a CD player, radio, front foglights, passenger and side airbags, driver knee airbags, ABS, three-point seatbelts, side impact bars, an immobilizer, and central and remote locking.
Given this list of standard equipment, the Xsara Picasso imparts incredible value for money. And for an MPV, it's definitely got more than the usual which can turn an ordinary people carrier into a much more versatile vehicle. This doesn't mean though that it's not an effective people carrier. It's just as effective as any other MPV, comfortable and spacious enough for trips around the city. It's got a big boot too if you need to move around a lot of stuff. Whether you're lugging things or people around, the Xsara Picasso ensures that you'll get to your destination.
And should you feel that your Xsara Picasso has outlived its purpose, the way the vehicle highlighted function is a benefit because selling a used model is quick and easy. Part of the charm probably that attracts buyers to second-hand Xsara Picassos is that the vehicle extends its practicality to running costs. And because it is cheap to run, it doesn't leave that big of a footprint on the environment as other vehicles do.
Still, given all that the Citroen Xsara Picasso has and is capable of, it still failed to stack up to leaders in its class, falling behind despite revisions. Maybe the problem was Citroen didn't focus these revisions in the areas that mattered, where the lack in quality was a deciding factor.
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