1997 Citroen Xantia LXI 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland


Cheap car with good power and very comfy


Rear Sphere had to be replaced at a cost of £70 in total.

Oil leak.

General Comments:

Very comfy car and quiet inside.

Rear seats have massive amounts of room, as does the boot.

Suspension is very good on all surfaces, only thing it does lack is any feeling through the steering wheel, however, it can be pushed and when it is it doesn't feel as if it wants to slide.

Fuel gauge seems to stay at 1/4 then drop quickly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2005

1997 Citroen Xantia SD 1.9td from Bulgaria


Close to perfect


Exhaust gases penetrate into the cabin.

It seems the EGR assembly has gone wrong.

Or the luggage compartment sealing band has worn out.

General Comments:

Very comfortable car.

The rearward visibility however is awful.

The front wiper sends water into the cabin.

I just wonder what exactly SD means - if Soft Diesel, as suggested, what is Soft Diesel itself?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th October, 2004

1997 Citroen Xantia 2.0i 8v from Malaysia




The front fog lamp is a major pain to put in place.

Right front link rod failed at 110,000km.

Right front brake unit jammed up, had to change a brand new unit. It caused a bent brake disc, had to get a new set of disc brake.

General Comments:

The car has a very comfortable ride. It is the very first European made car I've owned. Certainly more comfortable than a year 2000 Proton Wire 5 door hatchback 1.5L.

15" standard rim adds weight to the car, the vehicle is stable when cruising on the freeway.

The car feels absolutely safe on the road. It gives me a secure feeling when I'm on the move.

Back seat is the best seat!!

Engine is noisy to say the least; However noise insulation is relatively good.

I wish the automatic transmission is smoother.

The steering wheel is a little disappointing, it feels lifeless!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th October, 2004

1997 Citroen Xantia VSX 2.1TD from France


No surprise with this car


- Front colling ventilator (150000KM)

(due to this high level service of clim)

- Internal ventilator (160000KM)

- Noise on rear braking system (canceling of corrosion and replacement of pap fixing screws)

- steering for coupling 180000KM

- Oil damper 210000KM.

General Comments:

The negative point is spare parts price.

Nether, it's a really confortable car with a powerful diesel motor. The engine is still running after 250000KM without problem.

I still drive at 200Km/H (in German highway of course).

A low level of noise is also very good and no damaging have appeared.

The behavior on the road is also at high level.

I recommend this car if you performed really long trip.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2004

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.