Citroen Xsara Review from Finland

2001 Citroen Xsara VTR Coupe 1.6i

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired76500 kilometres
Most recent distance90500 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Polo


Overall a good car for the price


Left front wheel bearing replaced at 80.000km and right bearing at 84.000km.

General Comments:

A decent compact car, which I mainly bought for the cheap price.

I would consider the Xsara as an upgraded Peugeot 206, as it has a bit larger chassis, more boot space and bit more comfort on the road. (engine is identical)

Lack of torque makes this a jumpy ride in the cities. On the other hand the engine has plenty of kick to accelerate when the revs go up to 3500+.

Decent comfort for it's size. The suspension is a bit bouncy and the noise from the tires gets loud at about 100km/h.

Shines when cruising on those curly country roads - good grip and cornering.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2005

19th Aug 2005, 19:05

I never had problems with tire noise above 100kph with my Xsara. It is very quiet compared to any small hatch I've driven. Corollas, Civics, and Mazda 3's are absolutely noisy at cruising speeds compared to the Xsara. Maybe it's time to inspect your tire condition.

11th Dec 2005, 18:36

We have a 2001 Xsara VTR and it is the biggest heap of crap we have ever bought. It has had: both seats replaced (retracting mechanism failed) new rear discs, drivers door seal, oil filter work loose, airbag light keeps coming on, spare wheel stolen (what idiot put it under there?) new indicator stalk, N/S front wheel bearing. All this before the thing has done 40,000. Never again!!

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review