This car was bought as a replacement for a 2001 Xsara 1.4 LX.
The 1.6i 16V engine is much better than the 1.4. With 110BHP it's well powered above 1500RPM.
The engine is quiet and refined even at high speed. It is a pleasure to drive on the motorway.
I've never had economy under 36MPG from a tank of petrol; I usually average 40 - 42MPG which is excellent for a petrol.
The car will hit 60MPH in under 10 seconds and will run on to 125MPH.
Handling is very good - rear wheel steering reduces understeer remarkably.
Brakes with ABS and Emergency Brake Assistance are powerful and stop the car quickly when needed. This version has disc brakes all round.
Interior is a bit dark and is only available in one colour. Seats are very comfortable.
The problems with the mirrors should have been spotted by the supplying dealer in the PDI. They were not particularly sympathetic when I took the car back to them. I now use another local Citroen dealer who seem to offer a better service, hopefully they'll fix the aircon next time I pay them a visit. Parts availability also seems to be poor from the dealers.
Despite the minor problems I've had I still like the car and don't hesitate to recommend it to people. They drive well, are quick for the engine size, spacious, large boot and most of all are very cheap compared to rivals when brand new.