Carledo, I agree the cavalier mk111 is a brilliant car, far better than the one it replaced, I would get rid of the Xsara Picasso & keep a cavalier better made.
Also far better than the Vectra that replaced it!
If it was my choice alone, the Picasso would have no place in my stable. Unfortunately my wife has 3 prolapsed discs, a torn rotatotor cuff in her left shoulder and only an auto licence. She needs a soft riding car that is neither too low (like the Cav) or too high (like the Shogun that preceded it) and must (obviously) have an automatic transmission. She absolutely LOVES the Picasso and it suits her needs admirably, so it will be staying for the forseeable future.
There is only one complaint I can make about the MkIII Cav, it's the same one I make about the Dolomite! They never made an estate version! Apart from that, they are both just about perfect!
And therein lies my dilemma! I already have the Carledo, for hooning around in and it's tax free, the Dolomega is in sight of completion and will also be tax free. And this car will do everything that I previously used the Cavs for, but be cheaper to run. With retirement on the near horizon and the imminent loss of my storage facility even closer, something has to give and it looks like being the Cavs, which are the least "necessary" cars. I'd rather pass them onto someone who will treat them kindly than leave them to rot on the drive!