2002 Citroen Xsara VTR 1.6 litre 16v from Australia and New Zealand
An enjoyable small car which is safe and easy to live with
The car has proved very reliable, but little things like the back seat clip and radio aerial have been replaced by the dealer under warranty.
The reason I bought the car was that I found it was so exciting to drive. Now that it has been run in it is a delight. The handling is much better than most cars we test drove before buying it.
The gearing suits the open road, but as I live in the centre of a city and still find it a joy to drive it must be flexible.
I find the styling more pleasing now than when I bought it because I know how practical it is. The interior is very roomy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th June, 2003
30th Mar 2003, 09:36
It's great that you got such a good deal. They are lovely looking cars and well specified. I think where the Focus has a huge edge is in the build quality. Everyone, including myself who have bought a Xsara will say what great value (I paid £9500 for a VTR Coupe with air-con, metallic and alloys) but will also say that they fall apart like mine did. After numerous attempts to fix faults such as erroneous fault lights, radio not working - (electrics are their achilles hill - wait for the wet months in the winter!) I and others have simply given up and bought something else. You'll enjoy driving it without a doubt, just hope you don't mind visiting your dealer on an EXTREMELY regular basis. Basically if you can get rid of it now I would, whilst a) it still goes so you can sell it and b) whilst it is still actually worth something - depreciation for the Xsara is amazing - after 10 months mine was only worth £5000 - trust me about this - I've been there! and if you don't, just read the other scathing reviews! The magazine are right to pan this car.