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?

1997 Citroen Xantia activa sedan 2.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand


Small stuff: engine mount, brake pads (bit too often) battery, cruise control (after market)

Build quality: clips, etc break easily.

Floormat clips silly, etc.

But the "bones" of the car are great!

Greatest fault: slow hydraulics (esp. rear) but improved in later two pump models. Slow to get to pressure.

General Comments:

At the price (a very important consideration!) a great car. Performance, comfort, steering + dynamics very superior for a "budget" performance car.

Versatile interior.

High comfort levels.

Boring design compared to "real" Citroens!

Terrific compromise between a sedate family car and a performance vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2003

1997 Citroen Xantia LX 1.816V from UK and Ireland


A comfortably family car


Only thing that plays up is the ABS light on the dash. it comes on on its own accord, but the brakes seem to work OK. key fob for central locking plays up a bit, but I take out the batteries clean them and it seems to work OK for a while.

General Comments:

Seats a bit uncomfortable on a long journey. passenger seat could do with a lumber support as well.

Petrol consumption a bit high around town, but gets better on the motorway as long as you don't clog it.

Heating and air con work brilliantly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2003

1997 Citroen Xantia vsx 1.7TD from UK and Ireland


A good car let down


Handbrake cable split.

Ambient temperature reader renewed.

Problems with hydraulics. It won't go.

Completely into smooth ride, very.

Bouncy at rear. Something keeps buzzing.

Or squawking under the dash on drivers.


General Comments:

I like the car, but could'nt get a good trade in price for it, evev with full S.H.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2002

1997 Citroen Xantia SX 1.9 TD from UK and Ireland


Nice car, but unreliable


Problem with starting resulted in the car going to the main dealer on numerous occasions. They fitted £100's worth of new parts under guarantee, including glow plugs, injectors, and a new timer relay. All had no effect. In the end an independent diesel specialist advised that the immobiliser was the problem. This was replaced at a cost of £400 and the problem was fixed. All this despite the main dealer denying there was any problem and even querying whether I knew how to start the car properly!!!

I have also had to have the air conditioning re-gassed at a cost of £100 because the main dealer insisted on dismantling the system to find the leak.

Glow plugs have been replaced for a second time.

On a recent trip on holiday, the hydraulic system sprung a leak, which resulted in the car being left at home and a hire car being required.

The car is also heavy on front brake pads and tyres.

General Comments:

A nice comfortable car to drive and 45 mpg means its reasonable frugal. However, it has been plagued by problems. I understand that this car is known for hydraulics and electrical problems. I will be getting rid of it asap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th October, 2002