The Xantia can only be described as a unique and dramatic car, typical of Citroen and sadly unmatched with todays rivals.
I owned mine for two years.
The fabulous suspension was always a talking point with anyone who saw it and of course, we Xantia owners knew that regardless of road condition, you wouldnt feel a thing inside the large and spacious cabin.
Equipment levels were down against many rivals today and the running costs were just a little higher than expected however the amazing braking performance and motorway cruising comfort made up for the slightly dated looks and somewhat dull colour range.
I almost had to have the keys crowbared from me when I finally sold the car for a sporty Rover 25, and I will never forget the presence of the car on the road.
It simply didnt let me down and itself was streets ahead in a different league to the BX it replaced.
Overall, to choose one now would be a hard decision. If it was one made in the final year of production, perhaps I would consider it although depreciation is extreme, so it would have to be a car to keep for quite a few years.
Having said that, nothing has ever moved me like the Xantia and I for one will not forget many happy and very comfortable hours driving one.
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