Before owning this car I had a Ford Galaxy, I found that rather uncomfortable and way too big for me so wanted a smaller car asap! Whilst looking around for a nice car, I came across a few different models that I liked, this being one of them! I bought it second hand and only paid £650 for it, I was really pleased with this, being a 2000 plate I think I got a bargain. I have owned the car for 2 years now and have had no major problems with it, although only today it went into the garage for a new air conditioning unit! This I do believe could have ended up costing quite a bit, but I managed to get a second hand part for £15 and it was fitted for just £30, it also needed a new belt as the old one snapped when the mechanic took it off... this was £11. I fiirst noticed a problem when the car started making a clicking sound now and again, it then gave up completely and sounded like a tractor!! I am just glad it was a relatively small job to get done. I find the car really comfortable to drive and it has a height adjustable seat, you do this via a handbrake type lever down the side of the seat, very simple and very efficiant. It has electric windows and mirrors, air con, and many other of the usual features you would find on a newer car. The central locking can either be used via the button on the key or by doing it through the lock on the door. It has a nice amount of room in the back, I have 3 children, one 9yrs, one 6yrs and one 3yrs and in the back I have 2 booster seats and a chunky baby seat, and I can still use the seat belts without a problem. I noticed with some of the smaller cars I have had (Fiesta and Corsa) that I couldn't get to the seat belt clips with all the seats in the back. They also have plenty of leg room. In the back of the driver and passenger seat theres a little pocket, I find this handy to keep all the kids bits and bobs, so they aren't all over the car! The boot is roomy, I have kept a pram in there since I have had it and there's plenty enough room for a big load of shopping. I think the boot size is quite an important feature in any car, as there's aways something to go in there! Apart from what I had repaired today, this car has been fantastic, it's a really smooth ride, and so comfortable. I also think it's got quite a nice look about it, and for a small(ish) car it has plenty of room. There's not one thing I dislike about it, the bonnet catch is a little tricky to open sometimes but thats not a big problem really, when you know how it's quite easy. It's cheap to run, £10 petrol usually lasts me 5 days or so, in that I do about 40 - 50 miles. The insurance is quite cheap too and the tax is in a lower band. £65 for 6 months, £120 for a year (or there abouts).
I have owned a Citroen Xsara 1.4 L for 5 years now. I bought it from new and loved it! It looks like a car, not one of these bubble cars that are about nowadays. It has a proper hatch back and the boot space is very good. I have had no problems with the running if it, it runs like a dream and starts first time every time. It is quite speedy for it's engine size, I have managed to go, um, quite fast! It handles well and does a very good number of miles to the gallon. Air con is good. CD player has remote steering controls. The only problem I have had is that because it was a 2004 edition it had alterations to some bits of the design, e.g. headlights and wingmirrors so trying to get replacement parts in Halfords was never any good as the guides always tell you parts for the older models. The driver's side door handle snapped off after a frost one day, which made life difficult - I had to get in by undoing the drivers door from the back for a few months until I got it sorted out. Aparently this is a common fault with them, so handle with care! It's just a shame they don't make them anymore or I would be getting a newer version.
I have recently driven a 1.4 Citroen Xsara and was so disappointed with it. I should explain that I normally drive a Citroen ZX which was in the garage for servicing and that the Xsara was provided as a courtesy car. I cannot explain how happy I was to get my own car back. I had thought that the Xsara would be much better to drive than my own car since it is the replacement for the ZX, but unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth. The interior of the Xsara is too plasticy and so cramped that in my opinion it cannot be classed as a family car. The power steering seemed so loose and the car was in constant need of correction when driving on straight sections of dual carriageway. Citroen could not pay me to take a Xsara off their hands!!