1997 Citroen Xantia SX 2.0i petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Small car handling with big car ride
Electrics crashed in first two months.
Excessive brake disk wear fist three years (since fixed).
Head gasket needed replacement after 70,000k.
This car is the best to drive I have experienced. Don't look to it for sporty handling and, with the standard 2 litre engine, performance is sluggish, but the handling is totally dependable and the ride on Citroen's oleo-pneumatic suspension is out of this world. Because of age I have now traded the car in and have not found anything on the market today of a similar size with a better ride.
Xantias have a bad reputation for reliability and I believe it is essential to have it serviced by a specialist in Citroens because of the touchy proprietary technology. I can only say that, while the assembly quality wasn't high by Japanese standards, I have had nine years of mostly trouble free, and very enjoyable motoring from it.
Subjective, I know, but I also think it is still one of the most attractive body shapes on the road.
If you can find a good one and have access to an experienced Citroen service agent I would have no hesitation in recommending.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th April, 2006
5th May 2005, 01:26
The plastic clip is the bain of my life - which company offers metal clips??