1998 Citroen Xantia Estate Exclusive 2.0 petrol turbo from UK and Ireland


A high performance bargain and more


Nothing (OK, I've only had it 3 days).

General Comments:

I have just replaced my '94 2.0 petrol Xantia hatch with a 1998 (facelifted) model 2.0 turbo (petrol) estate and what a difference. I have always been a fan of the Citroen suspension (I have owned 4 BXs and a Xantia), but this one takes the biscuit.

The old 2.0 (8 valve) engine always felt like it needed a little more poke and the turbo gives it that.. and more! Then there's the toys, the leather...

Not having a sunroof (air con instead) makes it seem so much more spacious and the electric seats are a great improvement.

I could go on and on, and probably will.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2001

1998 Citroen Xantia Plus pack 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Comfortable, economical cruser


Idle tick-over needed to be adjusted for hot running.

General Comments:

In the normal driving position the dip/main beam indicator lights are hidden by your hands.

Braking is not as good as on a BX in both ABS and non-ABS models.

Large blind spots when reversing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2001

1998 Citroen Xantia SX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Executive looking power, for budget buyers


Cracked front fog light.

General Comments:

Put a spoiler on the back, black-out the windows, reconfigure the chip, install in-car TV systems, and big speakers in then this is one mean, SPORTY DIESEL!

Although it was perfectly OK when I bought it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2001

1998 Citroen Xantia Sensation 1.8i petrol from UK and Ireland


Very poor


Front disks @ 1 year.

Occasional random dashboard indicators.

Rear suspension @ 2 years.

Creaking clutch cable.

Creaking seat.

Front windscreen wipers park incorrectly.

Occasional blue smoke from the exhaust.. (sticking valve stem seal?)

General Comments:

Very disappointing car.

Poor fuel consumption (petrol).

Unreliable. Fails to instill confidence. The least reliable car I've ever had... even a Morris Marina was more reliable.

Desperate depreciation.

The dealer seems unable to fix intermittent faults.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th November, 2000

5th Dec 2005, 05:22

Front disks @ 1 year - something that is replaced on all cars after a while, they are used after all.

Rear suspension @ 2 years - that's about normal and nothing to badly rate the xantia.

Creaking clutch cable - needs some lubrication and will be fine!

Creaking seat - too much body weight?

Suggestion! buy a car that you have some information about instead of bad mouthing it with faults which aren't faults and normal things that happen to cars... dissapointing opinion!

5th Dec 2005, 10:37

To the previous poster, I've read your 8 or 9 comments on various Xantias, and whilst I do think you have a point, I do think you need to be a little less defensive lol! You appeared extremely defensive and abrupt when anyone said anything even remotely disparaging about their cars. Just keep calm hehe.

P.S - I've got a ZX TD and really like it.

4th Mar 2010, 12:07

Hi. I have had a Xantia "desire" for the last seven years, and although it doesn't "fire me up", it has been very reliable and economical. It has spent the last three-and-a-half years on the drive in all weather conditions, and has never failed to start. The only thing I have a grumble about is that there is a water leak somewhere and I can't find it; I think it might be in the roof under the roof-rack strips. When the weather gets better, I will take them off and reseal them.

7th Jul 2015, 21:27

I had an Xantia TD that leaked in the bottom left corner of the windscreen, common fault. I used some sealing liquid in it and it was fine after that, just a bit white coloured in that small area of screen. I think it is where the water had got into the lamination.

I had an Xantia 1.8 16v which used to start at -27 (2 AM) in Poland, without any drama. :)

1998 Citroen Xantia LX Estate 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


Since purchase there has been a long delay between the accelerator pedal and the engine. About 1.5 seconds. When lifting off the engine speed actually rises before falling!

Has anyone else had this problem?

Citroen know all about it but refuse to admit there is a fault.

Otherwise an incredible car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st January, 1999