After more than 10 years in the UK – and a whacking 270,000 sales – Citrn bids farewell to its mid-size MPV, the Xsara Picasso.
The original car, which uses engines and running gear from the now-obsolete Xsara hatchback, has ended production to make way for its successors, the C3 and C4 Picassos.
The car launched at the Geneva motor show in 1999. Its airy cabin, five individually adjustable seats, loads of in-cabin space and spacy boot quickly won it admirers. A series of cash-back offers made it a very attractive new-car buy and it quickly became the best seller in its class.
The model is also remembered for its TV advertising, which featured artistically inclined production robots. But even if it is no longer made, it remains a cracking used-car buy. The pick of the models to go for are those with 1.6 and 2.0 HDi diesel engines, in Desire or SX trim, which includes air conditioning and alloy wheels as standard.