Citroen Xsara Picasso - car review

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Model Xsara Picasso debuted in 1999. It is a front-wheel minivan on the extended Citroen Xsara base with transverse engines. Like all the creations of the company Citroen, this car carries the brand features of the brand. Original design: curved lines of a drop-shaped body, an unusual shape “slanting” headlights, elegantly curved rear pillars, a large glass area. The appearance of Picasso is remembered and stands out against the general background of other classmates. It is noteworthy that the avant-garde design does not interfere with the convenience of passengers. Cars of this class were originally conceived as a family, and Xsara Picasso fully falls under this definition.

The interior of the cabin is decided in such a way that the road was as comfortable as possible. The salon is notable for the fact that it has many variants of transformation and a large number of containers for trifles. Glove box with a volume of 15 liters, pockets in all doors, four holders for standard 1.5-liter bottles, a luggage box under the front passenger seat, additional compartments in the trunk.

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Even before the driver there is a shelf for small things. The driver's seat is height adjustable and has a lumbar swap and armrest. The seat is located higher than in passenger cars, which improves visibility. The Xsara Picasso Salon easily accommodates five adults - three identical individual seats are installed at the back. The familiar dashboard gave way to a new Picasso cabin in the cabin, which is located in the center of the front console. The current speed is displayed in numbers, and the fuel level and coolant temperature in the form of diagrams.

Xsara Picasso is equipped with a rather impressive list of electronic systems, even the volume of the built-in audio system and the speed of the wipers change automatically depending on the speed of the vehicle. Or, for example, headlights that can burn for another minute until you leave the parking lot. The on-board computer that controls this equipment and dozens of other devices uses multiplex technology, which significantly reduces the number of wires: one line now serves to transmit several signals at once. Two options are available: SX and Exclusive and with three types of engines - 4-cylinder 1.6i l / 90 hp, 1.8i and 2.0 l / 90 hp HDi turbo diesel with common rail system.

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Transmission manual. The Exlusive package includes automatic climate control, power windows for the rear windows, an air-conditioned fridge and a glass roof. The most powerful engine in the range of power units of 1.8 l / 115 hp He accelerates the car to a speed of 187 km / h. The front brakes are disc vented, the rear brakes are drum. Overall dimensions of the car - 4276х1751х1637 mm, base 2760 mm, curb weight, depending on the type of engine 1250-1300 kg.

Trunk volume is 515 liters. But it can be significantly increased not only in the traditional way - by folding the backs of the rear seats, but also by moving the center seat, mounted on the rails, by as much as 220 mm. In 2003, the ESP stability control system with ASR anti-slip system and cruise control appeared in the list of options. In the same year, a new 2,0i 16V gasoline engine appears in the lineup of power units. This 2-liter engine develops a maximum power of 137 hp. and assembled with an auto-adaptive automatic transmission with the possibility of Sen.

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gearshift. The automatic gear shift mode provides ten algorithms for the gearbox operation, which are selected depending on the style of the driver (sporty, economical), road conditions (terrain, grip coefficient) and operating conditions (vehicle load, temperature and oil pressure). All Xsara Picasso already in the standard configuration have the necessary set of active and passive safety systems: front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, belts in the front seats with force limiters and pyrotechnic pretensioners, ABS with brake force distributor, Isofix mounting system for installing children’s seats.

In 2005, a new generation of Xsara Picasso is expected. The basis for it will serve as a platform borrowed from the C4. The updated design has brought cardinal changes in the exterior, which has become no less original than its predecessor. The novelty will be available both in the five- and seven-seater version. And in the latter case, the two rear seats will be made removable, to increase the luggage compartment. The back door consists of two parts: the glass can go upstairs separately, and the lower part of the door can be tilted to load long items.

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In the role of the main driving force can be one of the following units: 1.6-and 2.0-liter turbo diesel engines or 2.0 liters of a 165-liter gasoline engine. from. There was an automatic transmission with the ability to switch to manual mode.

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