1997 Citroen Xantia LX Estate 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Great car, shame about the leaks


Water leaking into the rear footwells and underneath the rear seats.

General Comments:

Loved this car from day one for its air-conditioning, comfort, performance, reliability, good looks and boot space.

But now it may be a divorce: for the past 3-4 months I have noticed water seeping into the foot wells and beneath the rear seats.

Citroen said rear door (boot) membrane needed replacing - have charged me £130 for the privilege despite fact that this must be a design fault. Offered to clean and dry the carpets for another £240! I'm still not sure the fault is fixed. This could be the end of my affair with Citroen!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th April, 2001

20th Jun 2001, 14:36

I want to know where is your car made?

27th Jan 2002, 06:30

Had the same problem with leaks in my 1997 SX auto estate.

However, a membrane was replaced 12 months ago. Now problem free. You can dry it out with lots of newspapers in a few weeks. 144,000 miles and still going strong. A C5 looks like my next car.

1997 Citroen Xantia SX 2.0 16V from UK and Ireland


Well built car


Apart from changing the dashboard lights, absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

Excellent ride, only minor thing is lack of rear view due to big the C-pillar.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2000

1997 Citroen Xantia SX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Intermittent dashboard warning lights ie. both STOP and temperature light together. Also engine warning light has come on once. These seems to be dodgy electrics as the car continues to run very well. In both cases these lights have gone out within 5 - 10 seconds (in other words before I've had chance to stop and investigate). Radio sometimes 'Mutes' itself although I think this only happens when the AF (auto frequency) button is on - still investigating.

General Comments:

I have only had it 2 weeks, but it is ever so comfortable and smooth to drive. The TD power band is very narrow so you have to be in the right gear at the right time for hills etc. Good fuel economy - I have done over 330 miles in the 2 weeks I've had it and it still has over a quarter of a tank left.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2000

7th Apr 2001, 12:08

I just bought my first Citroen Xantia 1.9 TD SX last week, year 97. I love the car, very well laid out inside. I would say the it's the best car I have driven and I would buy Citroen again. Smooth, plenty of power when needed, and very impressed.

Mr McManus


Northern Ireland.

2nd Jan 2003, 10:19

I have had my Xantia now for 5 years and at this time very reluctant to get any other car as the Xantia is so comfortable. I am now looking for another Xantia possibly a diesel. Fuel consumption is still good on a full tank of petrol I am doing over 500 miles pity Citroen stopped making these cars. I have had very little go wrong with it just the normal bits when it goes for service.

12th Jan 2005, 00:27

The lights on the dash are probably just the hydraulics coming up to pressure. Xantias don't have dodgy electrics, they don't rust (at all) and the diesels I have run (four in total) will do 200,000 miles without problems or loss of power.

I bought the last of the line in June 2004. It cost £4,000 (three years old, FSH and treated to Mobil One all its life) a Y plate, 2001, HDi 110 SX estate in silver.

Pulls like a petrol sips like a diesel of course. I didn't think there would be much improvement over the 1.9 XUD engine, but what a difference.

The car has taller gearing, but power available in any gear and much less turbo lag. Economy is also a notch up. I managed 76 (yes 76!) mpg on a very boring two hour run from Cheshire to Nottingham last week (pretty flat run all motorway or dual carriageway).

Why did they stop building them?

1997 Citroen Xantia LX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Fault with alarm.

General Comments:

This is one of the best and most comfortable cars that I have ever owned, I would almost surely buy another Xantia.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 1999