Citroen Xantia Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1998 Citroen Xantia Exclusive 2.0

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9000

Faults:

Nothing major. When I bought this car this year, it was in good condition.

Things that are not so great are:

1. Airbag lights on.

2. Whining noise from the driver's side window at high speed on the highway.

3. Digital clock and temp info work only when she is in a good mood.

4. Previous owner had an issue with the hydraulic system, so he fixed it at a cost of 800 dollars.

That's it. The whining noise is due to a rumbling window. Maybe the previous owner didn't secure the window to the door panel when he replaced the car's speaker. It's an easy fix.

If you roll down the passenger side window a bit, the whining noise goes away. So I don't bother to fix it.

General Comments:

This is a good looking car. I was looking for comfy highway cruiser with good fuel economy. It's comfy on countryside highways of Australia, and highway fuel economy at the speed of 110km/h is about 13-15km/litre.

Seat is comfortable, but not as comfortable as my previous Saab 9000. The hydraulic suspension makes this car ride very soft on rough Aussie highways.

The engine seems very reliable, and the transmission isn't too bad. General assembly quality isn't as good as Japanese cars in late 1990s. Fuel economy is good, but she is very thirsty and has poor acceleration. I don't think I can reach more than 160km/h with this car.

If you are looking for secondhand, buy one from Citroen or french car enthusiasts. Avoid young sellers who own this car for a few months or a year, then sell it. Buy this from older family man/lady. The first owner of mine was a local Citroen car club president.

In summary.

Engine good.

Fuel economy good.

Needs more torque.

Assembly quality average.

Good looking.

Comfy highway cruiser

Electrical system isn't as good as the engine.

Hydraulic suspension is good, but can be expensive when it goes wrong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2011

1996 Citroen Xantia Estate 2.0i litre petrol

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0i litre petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 21

Summary:

A very good, honest and driveable car, with a bit of flair

Faults:

Speedo transducer failed twice.

Intermittent remote locking.

Leaky rear hatch door seals.

Drowned motor in floodwaters due to very low air intake.

Persistent engine oil leak.

Driver's door electric window winder failed.

Hydraulic leak in rear suspension.

Replacement accumulator sphere.

General Comments:

Despite the niggles, the car is a seriously pleasant drive, great ride, not too sluggish and hugely drive-able.

Comfortable seating, and logical and easy to use controls.

Also the wagon has bucket loads of space.

Very reasonably priced, as compared to your average Japanese fare of this era, and a damned sight better to drive.

Despite niggly electricals, the basic mechanicals and hydraulics are reliable, and I expect to get big km's out of the car before it dies.

Would readily consider a turbo diesel wagon if I could find one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2008

1995 Citroen Xantia TD SX 1.9 turbo diesel

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance245000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen Xantia

Summary:

Great cruiser, not for the boy racer, an awesomely comfortable ride

Faults:

Mainly niggly things. The whole time I had it, there was a slight leak from the heater matrix, but it hardly used any fluid, so it wasn't worth the cost of fixing.

Most of the suspension spheres done.

Motor for the petrol cap lock died, so I removed it. Who'd want to siphon diesel anyway?

Key remote died, so I put an alarm in; cheaper than a new Citroen remote!

Turbo hose perished.

Belt tensioner, engine mounts etc.

Worst time was diesel leaks when sulphur was reduced by the government, resulting in a pump overhaul, and the alternator brushes died at the same time.

Given the mileage she'd done, the problems were pretty minor.

Was pretty hard on tires, but I suspect that may have been more my driving habits.

General Comments:

A dream to be in. I love Citroen suspension. Judder bars (road humps) can be ignored when traveling around town.

Would still have it if I hadn't finally given in to my wife's insistence to get a green car.

Performance was way ahead of my previous non-turbo diesel; passing was still not quick though.

Mileage was great, and I've certainly missed that with my turbo petrol VW Passat since I sold her.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2007

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 11 reviews