1997 Citroen Xantia 1.8 16v from Serbia


Family car



Just changed brakes twice and oil (standard service).

General Comments:

It is a very good car, not high performance, but very reliable.

Hydraulic system id doing a very good job with keeping this car on road even in the tight corners at very high speed (unlike XM), when at the same time it is very comfortably even on the bumpy roads.

I have tested my Xantia and my fathers XM 2.0 turbo on the tight cornering mounting road in Montenegro and had bather time with Xantia then the XM even when XM is in the sport mode.

This is a very economical car, parts are not expensive and it doesn't use too much fuel, about 10 - 11L / 100km when changing gears at 5.500rpm and with normal driving about 8L/100km.

Only thing that you have to keep your eye on is the oil when you driving it fast because 1.8l 16v motors love to drink little oil when driving fast (unlike 1.8l 8v).

Fabric speakers are pretty good I just changed the stereo. Interior is good quality, no cheap plastic, everything is right in the place.

This is not a sports car, the transmission is little slow, but if you like sport driving and at the same time you want a comfortable family car buy the Xantia 2.0 turbo or 3.0 V6.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2004

21st Jan 2005, 05:44


I also have Xantia 1.8i Temptation (97th) (last 3 years), and I am very satisfied with this car. Handsome line, comfortable interior, reliable engine and chassis. The only thing I had to change was water pump (I've payed 30 Euros for new pump and installation - which is not expensive)

There are two things that I can set as "complaint" (but they are not so tragic)

1. Right door mirror does not respond (almost at all) to moving interior button. But I have heard from lot of people who drive the (any) Citroen the same complain - so it seems it is common problem for (older) Citroen cars. I was wondering to buy electrical driven mirrors.

2. The box in-front of right front seet is unreasonable small and the existence of a rod above it, is something that is probably some miss of Xantia designers. Just to mention that recent models of Xantia removed that "mistake" and made it normal.

Well, mentioned two complaints are not the reason to be unsatisfied with Xantia.

1997 Citroen Xantia SX 2.1 turbo D from UK and Ireland


Forget the run of the mill hatches, buy one!


One front wheel ABS sensor, replaced for £90.

That's it!

General Comments:

Fabulous car! Superb value for money, with enough toys (for the price) to keep anyone happy.

Brilliantly strong and torquey engine which delivers excellent mpg.

Very solid build quality, I've been in VW, BMW which are no better.

It just runs and runs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th February, 2004

27th Jul 2004, 15:35

Not sure why it came up with "No" in the would you buy another car from this manufacturer! Sure I said yes!!! I've been driving Amis/Dyanes/2CVs since 1975 and still have a 2CV as well as the Xantia. Just love Citroens!!

1997 Citroen Xantia SX 2.0 petrol from Argentina


Good quality for the price


The electric fan fell down 2 times due to electrical faults.

The rear suspension blocked due to a failure in the hydro-pneumatic system.

The dashboard lights went down with a high cost of replacement.

The brake pads don't last more than 25000 km.

General Comments:

Very good quality. I had min for 5 years and will keep it for at least 2 more.

Great ride on highways.

Beautiful look, Citroen odd style.

Great interior space, very comfortable.

A little bit underpowered (2.0 petrol engine). Good top speed, but needs a little bit more reaction.

The dashboard is poor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2003

1997 Citroen Xantia LX 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland


I have no opinion for the above reasons


The car had a fault on the key pad when I bought it, making it impossible to start. numerous people have attempted to repair it, none have so far been successful!.

General Comments:

I cannot make any general comments, as I have been unable to drive the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th October, 2003

4th Mar 2008, 17:23

I would think that before buying any car you would ask for it to be started so that you could listen to the engine and check the emisions?

Maybe it is just me that won't hand over money for a car without checking it out?