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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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17 reader reviews for Citroën Xantia Hatchback.
  • 2.0 HDi 110 Exclusive 5dr

    scott amey Date: 14/04/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We purchased this car from the citroen centre in oxford in 2002 after owning a bx for 10 years. The '99 Xantia 110 exclusive gave me trouble free motoring for 4 years [22000-65000miles] requiring only the usual discs and pads a back box and a new battery just before we sold it. The car was very comfortable with the multi adjustable and inflatable electric leather seats. I'm sorry to have sold her on looking back. I've since owned two mercedes cars both of which have not matched the Xantia's reliability record. I'd seriously consider buying another but finding another low mileage example with that fab hdi 110 engine is very dificult. Anyone thinking of buying a Xantia should only consider well maintained examples as I've read some horror stories and the diesels make the most sense. Try and get a mechanic familar with the mark to look after your car as i did and have the hydraulic fluid changed every 30000 miles[although not specified in the service schedule]. I've since spoken to the guy we sold the car to and he is absolutely delighted with the vehicle. Enjoy mid 40's mpg around town,late 50,s on a run, loads of standard kit and decent peformance.Not forgetting that smooth ride from the hydractive suspension. I'm not a sad-o but i miss owning such a great all-rounder. If I had any negative points to mention they would be: 1]rear headroom not great for tall people 2]electric seat switches a bit flimsy 3]air-con a bit week in very hot weather

  • 1.9TD LX 5dr

    David Garrett , Kent . Date: 10/02/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My N-reg Xantia hatchback 1.9TD has done 153,000 miles, and is ultra-reliable. The self-levelling suspension is a delight when towing. The seats are comfortable, and the rear is capacious. I have owned it for eight years and covered 80,000 miles, it was previously owned by a Health Authority.

    What has gone wrongwith it? The clutch cable has snapped twice and cost about £100 each time to fix. The suspension spheres have been replaced all round (an MoT failure) at a cost of £180. The glow plugs were replaced a few years ago. Some instrument panel bulbs needed replacement. The rev counter is working intermittently. The turn indicator makes clicking noises when it shouldn't. And that's just about it.

    I change the oil once a year and the cambelt every 50,000 miles, otherwise it never gets touched, although I did fit new brake discs and pads in 2001.

    Having recently bought a new, heavier caravan, I need a heavier towcar (legal requirement) but I can find nothing suitable except a late-model Xantia Estate (about 100kg heavier), or when the price comes down a Mondeo 115bhp diesel.

    I have just remembered one little negative point: the tailgate lid is some kind of man-made plastic or fibreglass, and has started to craze over on the suface, which spoils the polish. But I would have no hesitation in buying another Xantia and recommend them to all.

  • 1.9 TD 5dr

    allan bassett Date: 01/09/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned my Citroen Xantia 1.9TD (1996)Dimension for 8 years. Few problems until the last 2 years. The suspension wears badly. The engine has covered 130,000 miles. With the windows nearly or completely closed, the excellent noise insulation makes for a quiet drive. Motorway Driving is excellent.

    Good acceleration for a diesel, good handling except in the wet; as the heavy car skids very easily, even with the better quality tyres.

    Clutch replacement is very expensive (can cost up to 1K) My regular mechanic stated that citroen create many difficulties for mechanics, by making special access tools necessary for many of the engine and clutch parts. This makes it a necessity for Citroen garages to be involved, making an expensive bill for all of us.

    Air Conditioning is very noisey and of poor quality

    Radio workings can be unreliable and reception quite poor at times even with the ariel in the upper most position. Sound quality is exceptional, with good depth and clarity.

    I have found the fuel consumption very good, with careful driving.

    Boot is large enough for two full size adults and a small case.

    Bodywork is solid on the whole. I saw a couple of 12 year olds climb on a few cars, jumping from one car to the other in the road. After chasing them off, my car was the only car that hadn't suffered dents from their mischief.

    I'll sincerely miss my Citroen, it's been a very reliable friend to me.

  • 1.9TD SX 5dr

    ivan mellors , derbyshire . Date: 28/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    When the car is actually running it's o.k but i'm afraid it's been in for too many repairs to say it is economical.New spheres, clutch,drive shaft. The speedo sticks at 48mph no matter what true speed i'm travelling. The A.B.S light is on and off whenever it likes and there is always strange clicking noises coming from the fuse box.I'm spending no more cash on it,so it's off to the scrappers, i'd feel guilty to sell it to anyone.

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