1996 Citroen Xantia LX 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Lots of room, but make sure you fit the seats, and that the suspension really works
Mysterious messages from computer telling driver to stop and requiring transporter to dealer.
Theft of spare tyre.
Broken fitting on side blind.
Stuck electric window.
Accidental locking of keys inside car due to remote key locking.
One of the main attractions of this car, the Citroen suspension, must be great if it works. Sadly, in three years this car's suspension never worked, and the dealer couldn't fix it, despite several very expensive attempts (under warranty).
The other big attraction was space. There is plenty, and the room for rear passengers is excellent. However, this again was spoiled by front seats that gave an aching back and a numb left leg on long journeys. The boot is adequate without being generous.
Despite being only a medium-sized car, the Xantia is very difficult to park. The front slopes down a long way out of sight, and the back is cut off right at the back wheels, so one is always bumping into things in car parks, and cutting off sharp corners. This car seemed to attract bumps and scrapes.
The spare wheel is slung under the boot, and is easily (and often) stolen, unless you invest in a retro-fitted anti-theft device.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd February, 2003
24th Jun 2003, 14:16
You must be very short. I have no problems parking mine & the seats are fine, I drove 1000+ miles to Poland in mine in a lot less than 24 hours.
8th Aug 2007, 06:12
I am 5 foot 10 inches tall, and find the Xantia driver's seat very uncomfortable on long journeys. I also suffered from a sore leg, and my hands shook from vibration in the steering wheel. Also, while we should of course all be expert parkers, the Xantia is rather unusual in its layout - it sticks out a lot in front and not at all in the back! Trying to park in a multi-storey car park in a Xantia can be a nightmare if you're used to a normal car, and you're not one of those people who leave six foot gaps around their vehicle in every direction.