My Dad owns a xantia estate and it is awsom!!
It takes us skiing to france every year up real steep mountian roads and goes along happilly.
I turned 17 last year and it makes a fantastic first car. Even though it is HUGE! The very first time I had ever driven a car and I was doing 50 comfortably... in the dark. I passed first time after just 19 hours of lessons. I now drive the estate when it's not needed by my parents and it is great. Plus the insurence is very cheap as its not a car new drivers go for. We tried insuring me on a smaller car and it was like 5 times the cost.
The car is a brilliant drive and my friends feel totaly safe in it even though I'm not that good a driver yet.
Overall this car hasn't failed performance wise ever and we've had it for 6 years. When we brought it, it was 5 years old already. Brilliant and reliable.
My father owned a 2.0 litre, 16V Citroen estate for three years, and it was a disaster from day one. Why then did he buy another Xantia; this time a 2.0 litre HDi - he thought he'd give Citroen one last chance and was glad he did. The 2 litre HDi engine is wonderful. No longer does diesel mean tractor. This diesel is barely louder than a quiet petrol car with a lovely soft purring. On acceleration the engine comes to life and is SO smooth to be unbelievable. Acceleration is admittedly still slower than an equivalent petrol car; but only just. Fuel consumption on the other hand is far superior. The Xantia can do around 50 miles per gallon which is only a bit less than the acclaimed Prius Hybrid car, so it is very economical. The steering has improved over the previous model but is still a bit 'vague' and is perhaps over-powered. One serious niggle is the pedal layout. The brake pedal is on the small side and set back at at a lower level than the clutch. This means that when moving from the accelerator to the brake it is difficult to find and several times I have felt that in an emergency this could potentially be dangerous. Overall driving position is good with good visibility all round, and large electronic door mirrors. Of course the legendary Citroen ride is evident in the Xantia, and the suspension is undoubtedly class leading with its 'self-levelling' technology that ensures the car is always at the same height no matter how much weight it is carrying. The design of the interior is questionable. 'Bland' and 'tacky' are words that spring to mind as the black plastic feels distinctly cheap. The steering wheel mounted radio controls are good though as are all the controls. Front and rear leg space is good and the back seats hold three adults (just). The boot however is huge and swallows anything thrown at it. The handbrake is poor but works ok if the foot brake is applied whilst using it. On the small side is the glove box due to th
e passenger airbag but there are various other cubby holes around the place that make storage easier. Equipment levels are high with four airbags, electronic front and rear windows, air conditioning, 5 head restraints, 6 CD multichanger (in boot but doesn't take up space) so value for nmoney is good. Overall this is a solid family car that can swallow the week's shopping and comfortably transport its occupants; it is just a little on the bland side.
I've had my Xantia 1.9TD SX for 2 years and 50,000 miles now. About 6 months after I bought it I decided, out of the blue, to buy a Citroen warrantee for it. It noticed this and within the next 6 months required over £2000 of work doing, almost all of which was covered by the warrantee. It has now sprung an oil leak and again it’s covered. Once the flurry of activity was over, it’s been a very good and competent car. Even if I’d had to spend the money on it myself, I still think it’s a good car. It does 600 miles on a tank. Drives well, reacts well, has all the right bits in the right places and I’ve no complaints at all. But the thing is, it just totally fails to excite me. I know this isn’t very important if you need to get to work and back, which I do, but it would be nice.