Citroen Xsara Reviews from Malta

1997 Citroen Xsara LX 1.4i petrol

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.4i petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Previous carTalbot Horizon

Summary:

Great car extremly Reliable, and great road handling

Faults:

Petrol pump.

One rear shock absorber because of the poor roads.

General Comments:

Great looks, great car.

The suspension's hard and not soft as many say.

Body roll is very limited.

But potholes and poor roads felt harsh into the cabin because the suspension is stiff, but the pay off is great handling.

The ride is impecably stable and the handling is superb. The power assisted steering has plenty of feel and is much better than a new: Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, Renault Megane, Citroen C4, or Peugeot 307.

The handling is superb; this is my father's car, I have the new Renault Megane; while the ride is more smooth than the Xsara, the handling is no match. It's not about grip, it's about the steering, where the Xsara is still one of the best in terms of road holding because there is no electric power steering that dulls the drive.

Great reliability, no problems in 9 years, just only wear and tear.

Build quality is avarage in some areas and better in other areas. So after 9 years, there are some rattles in the cabin, but soon they will be solved.

There is plenty of space front and rear, and the head room is good in both.

Seats are soft and could be better, but they're comfortable.

Dashbord is stylish and rattle free, and the radio cassette is superb and reliable. No faults.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2007

1999 Citroen Xsara VTS 20 16v

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 20 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired55 kilometres
Most recent distance32320 kilometres
Previous carCitroen AX GTi

Summary:

Fast, reliable and overall good quality build. It was worth its money in all aspects.

Faults:

2 tailgate bulbs blown.

Thorn tyre due to large pothole at around 16,000kms.

General Comments:

This car is excellent value for money, especially comparing its comfort, fun factor and road holding to cars of even more money value. Also even with factory sports suspension (lowered and harder shocks) and low profile tyres, ride is very comfortable and excellent in road holding.

Seats are extremely comfortable even for a long time in the car and very supportive too because of their Lumber support, specially the driver's seat which has extra adjustments.

Dashboard is well built and all controls are at hand including stereo remote which are in the steering wheel and are illuminated with the stereo on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2005

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews