2002 Citroen Xsara VTR 1.6i 16v from UK and Ireland
Impressive little sporty number..
Mapping sensor went haywire, causing the car to stall and judder sporadically. It was fixed under warranty.
Some of the interior is coming loose, e.g. the door interiors and cigarette trays.
For the money I paid the car is awesome. It outperforms all similar sized cars with 1.6 engines in both performance and value for money.
The Citroen dealership I bought it from have been nothing, but help also. When things started to go wrong they fixed it immediately and it was under warranty.
The interior quality is no VW Golf, but is good looking enough so I'm proud of my car as it is.
Compared to other medium sized sport models it is practical enough for normal domestic uses.
It won't outrun a BMW, but its quick enough to leave local boy racers standing at the lights and average enough to look at so not to attract to much attention to the law.
Fuel economy is OK enough with it averaging at 41 miles per gallon.
Insurance is group 9 so not too hard-hitting on your wallet.
In my opinion a better buy than a similarly sized alternative such as a Megane coupe or Hyundai coupe as it is practical as well as nippy.
A good all rounder...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th August, 2005
5th Aug 2005, 08:01
No one can beat the performance and handling of the Xsara at the same price level. Of course we can't compare it to Beemers, Merc or Audi. I've driven the Civic, Corolla, and 323 Mazda before buying my Xsara - they're miles away in terms of handling. All were nippy small cars, but not as sure-footed as the Xsara in tight corners or changing lanes at high speeds. Despite all the niggles I had, still no regrets that I've bought one.