Citroën Xsara Picasso

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Citroën Xsara Picasso
Citroen Xsara Picasso front 20080705.jpg
Manufacturer Citroën
Production 1999–2008 (France)
2000–present (Egypt)
2001–2012 (Brazil)
2000–2009 (United Kingdom)
1999–2012 (Spain)
2000–2010 (China)
Assembly Vigo, Spain (Vigo PSA Factory)
Cairo, Egypt (AAV)
Porto Real, Brazil (Citroën Brazil)
Wuhan, China (DPCA)
Rennes, France (PSA Rennes Plant)
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV
Body style 5-door MPV
Layout FF layout
Related Citroën Xsara
Citroën C3 Picasso
Citroën C4 Picasso
Wheelbase 2,760 mm (108.7 in)
Length 4,276 mm (168.3 in)
Width 1,751 mm (68.9 in)
Height 1,637 mm (64.4 in)
Curb weight 1,313 kg (2,894.7 lb)
Successor Citroën C3 Picasso[1]
Citroën C4 Picasso

The Citroën Xsara Picasso was a 5-door compact MPV produced by Citroën from 1999 to 2010. The model was facelifted in 2004 with minor modification to the front and rear design.

At the time of its release, two trim levels were available, LX and SX, with a choice of three four-cylinder engines; a 1.6 and 1.8 litre petrols, and a 2.0 Litre HDI diesel engine, all shared with the smaller Citroën Xsara. A new 1.6 HDI diesel version with improved fuel efficiency was launched as part of the revised range in 2004.[2]

The Exclusive trim level was introduced to the UK market in late 2000. The rear seats can be removed to create extensive storage space.


Pre-facelift Citroën Xsara rear
Facelift Citroën Xsara
facelift Citroën Xsara rear

The 1.6 HDi diesel engine was introduced in 2004. It has 110 bhp (82 kW; 112 PS) and produces 240 N·m (177 lb·ft) torque with CO2 emissions of 131 g/km.

Sales and production[edit]

On 22 March 2007 reviewed the Xsara Picasso, calling it the most popular MPV in the UK "thanks to a combination of practicality and affordability".[3]

Since 2001 the Xsara Picasso has been assembled at PSA plants in Vigo, Spain, and Porto Real, Brazil for the Latin American market, where it is the top selling vehicle in its class.[4]


The Picasso name was licensed from the family of Pablo Picasso,[5] which created significant international publicity at the time of the car's launch as not all the Picasso family were happy with the association of the artist's name with a car when his granddaughter Marina attempted to sue her uncle Claude in 1999.[6]

Pablo Picasso was originally linked with Citroën in the 1960s when he painted a Citroën DS with "The wreaths of Peace".[7]

Sales and production[edit]

Year Worldwide Production Worldwide sales Notes
2009 TBA 54,000[8]
2010 TBA 38,200[8] Total sales reach 1,736,727 units.[9]
2011 8,325[10] 8,444[10] Total production reaches 3,362,154 units.[10]
2012 TBA 4,000[11]


  1. ^ Dickson, Ian (2009-01-29). "Citroën C3 Picasso (2009 onwards) - Car Reviews - MSN Cars UK". Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  2. ^ Ben Whitworth (2004-02-25). "Auto Express February 2004". Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  3. ^ "Autotrader: Most popular MPV in the UK". Car reviewer, news and sales. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Revista Carro - Top 50 best seller automobiles, 2006[dead link]
  5. ^ Maley, Jacqueline (13 January 2006). "Picasso clan fail to airbrush out car name". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Riding, Alan (19 April 1999). "A Family Feud Over a Picasso (On Wheels)". New York Times. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Keeley, Graham (27 August 2005). "The Citroën that Picasso painted". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Engine specs from PSA Peugeot Citroën". Creator and designer. PSA Peugeot Citroën. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Patrascu, Daniel. "Xsara Picasso discontinued". Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c "PSA Annual Report 2012". Car manufacturers. PSA. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Memento Mars 2013" (in French). PSA Peugeot Citroën. 21 February 2013. p. 50. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

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