Citroen Xsara Reviews from Sweden

2002 Citroen Xsara LX 1.6 16v 110BHP

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v 110BHP Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired4 kilometres
Most recent distance20335 kilometres
Previous carDacia 1310

Summary:

A dream, that delivers more than you expect

Faults:

Nothing. I one year I've done 20000 Km with no problem at all. On the 20 000 Km service they changed oil, oil filter, and dust (pollen) filter.

General Comments:

I'm very pleased with the car. Nothing wrong so far I've had nothing, but nice surprises. Ex: the back wiper starts automatically if you drive back :). The LCD is smart enough to know what door is open and so on.

I tested the car at high speed and it went all the way up to 190Km/h with 3 persons and a full trunk. I guess with only me in the car 200Km/h will be no problem. I snow it's a dream. Handel's better that a 4x4! (with M/S tires). I've order it fully loaded (all options) and it was a very cheap car. It averages 6 l/100km on highway (at 130 km/h) and 7.3 l/100Km in town.

Brakes are a dream. Sometimes I begin to trust them to much...

In my model a on-board computer (average consumption, km left to drive...) was not a option and I'm missing that, but the cruse control, ESP, AAC and all the cool things are a dream, especially for the money!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2003

15th Dec 2005, 05:18

190 KM/H with 3 people in is not that good I got 199 KM/H with 4 people in my 1.6i 16v Renault Scenic.

1999 Citroen Xsara SX Break (Estate) 1.8i 16v

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8i 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance3600 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 309

Summary:

A comfortable wonder in a small package

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This car gives a comfortable ride even on uneven Swedish roads. It handles well with nice (power assisted) steering.

Engine noise is low, but surface noise from the road is a bit high.

The interior is roomy and nice, with good quality. I like the rounded edges on the dashboard. Feels more personal and welcome than the sterile interior in, for example, Volkswagen and Volvo.

However, I would welcome lumbar support in the front seat.

Factory fitted radio is OK, but nothing more. (if you want good sound, I advice on getting an aftermarket unit - Blaupunkt and Alpine has great solutions, they even have adapters to the remote control in the steering wheel).

Gear changes, especially when going from first to second gear, is a bit on the stiff side.

This is a reliable car. Everything works, including all electronics and electrical equipment.

A/C is good, heater excellent. The heater is excellent. No problems with -20 Celsius or below.

All in all, I'm very pleased with my car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd February, 2003

1998 Citroen Xsara SX Break 1.8 16V

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 16V Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32 kilometres
Most recent distance1300 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 309 XS

Summary:

Stylish high-quality compact with a rare combination of comfort and road-holding for the price

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

A lovely little station wagon with a very comfortable ride, smooth and powerful engine (1.8), low fuel consumption (below 6.0 l/100km on motorways, 100-120 km/h). Comfortable and well built interior. Especially the quality of this vehicle amazes me. Past Citroens could feel a bit tacky, but this one feels strong and solid. Everything works very well indeed. I'm very pleased. They've learned the lessons from the past. In Sweden it comes with a very good warranty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2000

Average review marks: 9.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews