AO Platinum Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
Re: Antishesis of an Alfa
The Citroen Xsara Picasso is the polar opposite of everything Alfa Romeo stands for. It is designed with a purity of purpose that the Germans would be proud of - it is designed solely to transport a family from A to B with absolutely no intention whatsoever of making the journey an event which may be of some enjoyment to the driver (or anybody else for that matter). Furthermore it is designed with no attempt whatsoever to have a single redeeming visual feature, in fact one could be forgiven for thinking Citroen modelled it on a toddler's soft toy for added "mumsy" appeal. It truly is a disgusting thing to look at. Familiarity always tones down the ugliness of any car yet, despite the fact that Picassos are everywhere, their ugliness plumbs new depths every day.
One of the TG writers (Clarkson, probably) summed it up perfectly - Picassos are bought buy people who hate driving.
So, they're ugly as sin, they offer no driver enjoyment whatsoever, they are intended to transport things from A to B with no joy. They are aimed at women who wear jeans with high waists.
Find me a car more opposite to an Alfa than one of those piles of cat sick and I'll bear my arse in Woolworths window