I only just bought my 2nd hand Xantia 1.8SX 16V Saloon, so I can't really say anything about reliability apart from that I bought a 1997 (R-reg) model with 72000 miles on the clock and it drives and looks like just out of the showroom. I was fortunate enough to get a top spec model with full electric pack, air-conditioning with climate control, etc. and generally I can only say one thing - a ride in a Xantia is like nothing else. Having owned a number of cars from different manufacturers (such as Nissan, Vauxhall, Ford and Peugeot) I will probably stick to Citroen now - at least until I can afford an E-class Merc or 5-series BMW ;-) The engine is very responsive and quiet at that, the interior is fairly simple but classy (partially probably due to the particular spec, like Alcantara upholstery, leather steering wheel etc.) The car handles fabulously and ride comfort certainly teaches Vauxhall, Ford and consorts a lesson. Fuel consumption is slightly on the higher side, but this can partially be attributed to the air-conditioning (since cars equipped with this feature tend to be a bit thirstier than others) but on the other hand, said air-con certainly gives you something in return, since it takes all but two minutes on the road for the car to be comfortably warm - even in below zero degree temperatures. The only slight drawback I can really think of is the alarm/immobiliser. I don't know if this is just my car but the alarm seems to be much too sensitive - it just keeps going off for no reason whatsoever. If anyone knows how to fix that problem, please leave a comment ant tell me - or even e-mail me, because this is just really annoying.
If I had my own way I would have bought a Ford Puma, but because I look after my dad who is disabled I had to buy a car that was practical. I searched through What Car and visited show rooms, I decided that a Citroen Xantia, would be a perfect buy. It was perfect for my dad and me, for him it has wide doors, so it’s easier to get in and out, the seats are big and spacious and there is plenty of room in the boot for the wheelchair. For me it has power steering, electric windows, air conditioning a six speaker stereo, adjustable seats and steering wheel it even tells you the outside temperature. I have the 1.8l and it is fast, it can really shift in any gear even fifth, it’s excellent for joining motorways and overtaking. The Citroen is an excellent car it’s comfortable even on the longest of journeys, it fast, it looks executive and anyone would feel good driving it. The only drawback is, this is a big car and it can be hard to park it, especially when you just want to pop down to the shops. This car is probably more suited to someone who does a lot of motorway driving, maybe a rep. I’ve owned my Citroen for a year now, and in that time, I’ve found it to be a very reliable car. Some people may be put off by the suspension, the cars suspension rises when you start the engine, and you can adjust it to go over high ground, but don’t, you don’t even realise it’s there. I would recommend this car to anyone who is thinking of buying a large family saloon.