2000 Citroen Xsara Plaisir 1.6i
Cheap 2nd hand, comfy, practical and reliable
When I first bought it, the airbag warning light was sometimes on. I was not at ease to say the least, but later I found out that it's a common fault. On most cars apparently, not just Citroens. I did what some guys here did: fiddled a bit with the connector under the seat and never had the problem since.
Otherwise nothing except normal maintenance.
Fuel consumption: excellent. The car consumes 6.5l of petrol per 100km. My driving style is normal I'd say. Not burning rubber and not sluggish either.
Road holding: very good. It doesn't corner like my previous ZX though...pity.
Performance: good for its size and the 1.6 engine.
Exterior: is rather bland, not ugly though. I quite like the view 3/4 back. You can also see that the Xsara has better aerodynamics than the ZX.
Interior: looks and feels much better built than a ZX. Very comfortable velours seats, nice steering wheel, much less noisy than a ZX, engine noise greatly reduced, very good size boot. Thank god for the airco.
Gearshift is o.k. I've seen better.
Visibility backwards isn't that good because the window is narrow and there are also the rear head restraints.
Costs: doesn't use a lot of petrol, my Citroen garage is very good (nice people, know what they're doing, very reasonable prices).
Bought it privately as a 6-year old for 4000€ with 40000km guaranteed. Never regretted it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th September, 2007