1993 Citroen Xantia SX 1.8i petrol from UK and Ireland


Quick and comfortable


Slight oil leak around sump plug. (Probably improperly tightened or no gasket.)

Driver's seat height adjust broken.

General Comments:

I've only had the Xantia for a few weeks, so this is really a first impressions kind of review. So far I'm impressed.

The car is very comfortable, although the floaty ride took a bit of getting used to at first. Headroom is a bit limited, I'm 6'0" and my head is only clear of the roof by an inch or so. That said, the car loses some space due to the sunroof, and I sit fairly upright.

The other minor gripe is that the glovebox is miniscule. I do actually keep gloves in it, and there's no room for anything else. Tapes have now been relegated to a box under the seat. The glovebox does boast a light, but it is of limited use as there's not room enough to make things difficult to find.

The car drives beautifully, with good acceleration and handling, although the gears seem a bit short for the engine. The gearbox is nice and positive without feeling clunky, although it is possible to change from fifth to reverse if you're not careful.

The Xantia is generally spacious, with good legroom front and back, and a cavernous boot which happily accomodates a large Great Dane when the back seats are folded flat.

Parking is made easy by having good visibility, a short tail, and power assisted steering.

My last car always seemed to run cool, so the heater never really got going properly. This is not an issue with the Xantia however. The engine gets to temperature within a few minutes, and the heater warms the car efficiently without cooking my feet.

The build quality seems good. Doors close with a satisfying 'thunk' and the car generally feels solid and well put together. The dashboard is well laid out, although there are a lot of warning lights and a couple of them I needed to refer to the handbook to find out what they meant.

To sum up, the Xantia is spacious, quick, and comfortable, and a pleasure to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th May, 2002

1993 Citroen Xantia VSX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


An efficient and comfortable car to drive, and be driven in


Four new tyres.

Four new spheres (the rear two replaced by a Citroen specialist and the front two replaced by myself). I just have to do the front one near the radiator soon.

One new electric window cable and control unit (driver's side).

Rear wash doesn't work.

Front height corrector and all unions replaced due to pressure that kept blowing the hose off.

Seat height adjustment broke.

General Comments:

A very comfortable car even though I'm 6"03 tall!

I enjoy driving this car because it handles perfectly on the bends and on the long motorway journeys.

I'm enjoying learning to drive with the Advanced Motorists Association.

It tows the Landrovers with ease!!

I like using the steering wheel radio controls.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2002

28th Jan 2002, 14:53

I wish you luck and hope that you pass the institute for advanced motoring driving test. I passed this test and it has saved me 50ukp on my insurance for my Citreon xantia.

1993 Citroen Xantia SX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Good enough that I'm buying another


Hydraulic pump, receiver and sphere failure at 90,000 miles - hydraulics overfilled by a non-Citroen garage (warranty fix).

Water manifold failure at rear of the engine (115,000 miles).

Sundry electrical faults - mainly annoyances.

ABS sensor failure (172,000 miles).

Glow plugs (two) at 174,000 miles.

General Comments:

Probably the most reliable car I have ever owned (please note Volvo, Saab and VW!) despite the catalogue above.

Brakes can be a bit of a challenge (i.e. sharp) and it wallows a bit towards the end of the sphere life (60,000 miles), other than that a smooth ride especially on poor country roads - even at high speed.

Reasonable driving position for its 6ft 3in tall male driver. Comfortable on long journeys.

Short tail and good PAS makes reversing into tight parking slots a breeze.

Responsive engine (for a diesel) delivering reasonable fuel economy, though not in the Audi/VW class.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2001