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2008 (08) Citroën Xsara Picasso 1.6i 16V Desire 5dr

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

'Black-panel' function/night driveAudible speed warning programmable
Child safety lock indicatorCoolant temperature gauge
Digital clockDigital dashboard display
External temperature gaugeHandbrake on warning alarm
Lights on warningMaintenance indicator
On board computerPAS
Service interval indicator 


6 speakersAudio remote control in steering wheel
Delay function on stereoRDS stereo radio/CD player
Speed sensitive stereo volume 

Exterior Features

3 speed windscreen wipersAluminium effect sill finishers
Body colour bumper skirtsBody colour door mirrors and handles
Body colour side rubbing stripsBody coloured bumpers
Body coloured number plate surroundChrome bumper inserts
Delay power function for windowsElec heated + adjust door mirrors
Electric front windowsFront fog lights
Halogen headlightsHeadlight height adjustment
Heat reflecting windscreenHeated rear window
High level third brake lightHome safe lighting
One touch open on drivers windowProtective side mouldings
Rear tailgate opens in 2 positionsRear wash-wipe/intermittent and auto operation
Speed sensitive front wipers + wash/wipeTicket holder inside windscreen
Tinted glassTwin rear foglights
Twin reversing lights 

Interior Features

12V socket in rear of vehicle2nd row centre seat converts into table
2x Storage compartments under floor4 anchorage points in boot
Air recirculation systemAircraft type trays in front seat backrests
Boot lampCentre console storage
Chrome air vent knobsChrome effect insert to gearknob
Cigar lighterDelayed action entry and exit Illumination
Drawer under drivers seatDriver's seat with lumbar adjustment
Driver's vanity mirror with coverElevated seats
Flat floorFolding and removable rear seats
Front courtesy lightsFront folding armrests
Front passenger seat undertrayFront/rear door stowage bins
Front/rear reading lightsHeight adjustable driver's seat
Height adjustable front/rear head restraintsHeight adjustable steering wheel
Illuminated glovebox with cupholdersIsofix system on outer rear seats
Leather steering wheelPollen filter
Rear courtesy lightsReps cloth upholstery
Sliding rear centre seatSunglasses storage


ABS+Electronic Brake force DistributionDriver/front passenger airbag
Front lateral airbagsFront seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
Fuel cut off safety deviceHeight adjustable front seatbelts
High tensile steel side protection barsPassenger airbag deactivate switch
Three 3 point rear seatbelts 


Automatic boot lockingKey left in ignition audible warning
Locking fuel filler capRemote central locking + dashboard control button
Transponder immobiliser 


Dash mounted gear leverIndependent front/rear suspension


Aramis mat decorChrome air vent surround


15" Steel wheels with full wheel trimsFull size spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.382CO2 (g/km)172
HC0.046Noise Level dB(A)72
NOx0.016Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 4

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1587Compression Ratio11.1:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)75Cylinders - Stroke (mm)88.3
Engine CodeTU5JP4Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)38.7EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)47.1EC Urban (mpg)29.7


Badge Engine CC1.6Badge Power110
Coin Descriptioni 16VCoin SeriesDesire
Insurance Group 17Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0717E
Insurance Group 2EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.4
EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.2Service Interval Mileage125000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months120Vehicle Homologation ClassM1


0 to 62 mph (secs)11.4Engine Power - BHP110
Engine Power - KW81Engine Power - RPM5800
Engine Torque - LBS.FT108Engine Torque - MKG15
Engine Torque - NM146Engine Torque - RPM4000
Top Speed112 


Tyre Size Front185/65 R15Tyre Size Rear185/65 R15
Tyre Size Spare185/65 R15Wheel Type15" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions


Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)55Gross Vehicle Weight1800
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1969Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)550
Max. Loading Weight560Max. Roof Load80
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1300Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked700
Minimum Kerbweight1240No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.48
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Citroen Xsara Picasso



What was the best selling mini MPV in the UK in 2001? Get the dunce's hat on if you plumped for the Fiat Multipla or the Nissan Almera Tino. If you opted for the Vauxhall Zafira or the Renault Scenic you were close, but no cigar. The car that topped the chart was the Citroen Xsara Picasso. Why? A combination of keen pricing and an attractive all-round blend of qualities proved irresistible to UK buyers. This equals plenty of choice for the used buyer although genuine bargains may be somewhat thin on the ground.


Just when Citroen looked like slipping into mainstream respectability the company unveiled the Xsara Picasso. The ovoid 'push-me-pull-you' styling was something of a surprise as was the avant-garde interior and clever seating system, Citroen draped this package over tried and tested mechanicals from the mainstream Xsara range, thus cutting overheads. The range has remained largely unchanged since the launch in June 2000, with a 95bhp 1.6, a 117bhp 1.8-litre engine and a 90bhp HDi diesel to choose from in either LX or upscale SX guise, although the 1.8 was only ever offered in SX trim. At the start of 2002, the Exclusive trim level started arriving in dealers with body-coloured mouldings, Estoril alloy wheels and digital air conditioning among a host of other extras. The 1.6-litre HDI engine came along in early 2004 with more power and better economy than the 2.0-litre HDI diesel alternative. The C4 Picasso was launched at the start of 2007 but the Xsara version continued to be available, serving as a budget alternative to its more advanced sibling.

What You Get

Citroen weren't diverted by gimmicky seating plans or niche markets that never really existed. Instead they aimed the Xsara Picasso at the heartland of mini-MPV buyers and scored a bullseye. The result - in interior terms at least - is arguably the most original car of its kind yet produced. You realise this as soon as you sit behind the wheel and look - into nothing. There are no dials - just a digital display to your left in the centre of the dashboard, part of which can be turned off to avoid distraction at night. You realise it on discovering that the gear lever sprouts from the dashboard, leaving the floor clear for you to walk through to the back seats. You realise it when you open the boot to find a fold-out trolley that avoids the need to decant the weekly shop in the supermarket car park. Somebody at Citroen has thought long and hard about what families really want. Research suggests that hardly any buyers in this sector have more than three children - so five seats were deemed perfectly adequate. Roadburning performance was found to be equally unnecessary, so the three mainstream Xsara hatchback engines were deemed to be quite sufficient. At first acquaintance, that centre digital display seems a little strange, but you get used to it. Incorporated in it is a standard trip computer as well as a stereo display and the graphics for the optional satellite navigation system. It's not the best example of its type, being quite a long way distant with some very small markings. It isn't even angled towards the driver very effectively, but the information relayed is very comprehensive. Outside, the Picasso manages to look futuristic and inoffensive at the same time - doubtless the effect the designers were seeking. It's 225mm higher than the Xsara hatchback on which it is based (which makes it seem much bigger) but just 60mm longer ('shrinking' the car when it comes to tight parking spaces). Probably the biggest difference over the conventional Xsara is the wheelbase, 220mm longer to enable the inclusion of five full-sized seats. That makes all the difference when it comes to sitting in the rear: the Scenic, in contrast, condemns the middle passenger to a seat narrower than the outer two. As you'd expect, the rear seats fold, collapse forward or can be removed completely (as long as you can find somewhere to leave them). Collapse the centre seat and you create a multi-function work or play area that includes a clipboard-style paper holder. There are rear picnic tables, under-floor storage compartments, a drawer under the front passenger seat, a huge glovebox and clever door pockets moulded to take cans, cups or even huge 1.5-litre bottles. What you'll really remember from your first showroom visit however is that 'modubox' trolley which normally sits flat-packed, attached to the boot wall. When required, you simply unclip it, extract the telescopic handle and wheels and wheel it off with as much as 18kg inside. The whole thing feels a little flimsy but that aside, you have to hand it to the design team for lateral thought. All five variants have dual front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, remote control central locking, immobiliser and power front mirrors and windows while the SX versions also come with air conditioning, front fog lamps and a CD player.

What to Look For

If you're used to Citroens of the past, the fit and finish of the Xsara Picasso may come as something of a shock. Whilst it's not really up there with the better German cars it's still plenty tough enough for it's designed purpose and few owners have cause fro complaint. The running gear is all tough stuff that has seen service in the regular Xsara range without any noteworthy problems.

Replacement Parts

(approx. based on 2000 1.8 Xsara Picasso excl VAT) A clutch assembly is around £90 and an exhaust system about £385 including a catalytic converter. Front and rear brake pads will be in the vicinity of £40-45 each. A radiator is about £150, an alternator about £250 and a starter motor £220

On the Road

All of the engine choices perform reasonably, especially (in the case of the HDi) at the pumps (expect over 50mpg in normal use). The diesel has accounted for a decent share of Picasso sales, mainly due to the fact that neither of the thirstier petrol engines offers anything much better in terms of performance or even refinement. In fact, this hi-tech common rail diesel is the finest unit of its kind. It loses out to rivals in terms of sheer horsepower but still betters them both at the pumps and in terms of torque (pulling power from low speeds). On the road, the ride is intentionally biased towards comfort but cornering is well controlled. Despite the lack of a rev counter, you could conceivably enjoy driving this car - not a comment applicable to many MPVs.


After making "Every Loser Wins" by Nick Berry the best selling record of 1986 and returning Mrs Thatcher to power time and again, it might be prudent to question the judgement of the UK population, but in the case of the Citroen Xsara Picasso it earned its No 1 sales slot by right. As a used proposition it makes sound sense, the aggressive pricing from new helping to offset the high demand and consequentially high residual values these models command. Your best bet is to try to find a well looked after 2.0-litre HDi model, preferably in the more desirable SX trim. The Xsara Picasso proved that a Citroen for the common man didn't have to be bland. Here's to adventure.


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