What Car? says

1 out of 5 stars

For You'll get refined diesels, a smooth ride and plenty of kit for a low price

Against The Xantia doesn't drive as well as most of its rivals, and the interior looks cheap.

Verdict It's a cheap, comfortable but dated alternative to its more ubiquitous rivals

Go for… 2.0 HDi LX

Avoid… 3.0 V6

Citroën Xantia Hatchback
  • 1. The suspension needs an overhaul every five years, so budget for it before you buy
  • 2. Clogged radiators and coolant leaks are common
  • 3. The air-con is prone to faults, so check it blows cold
  • 4. If you test a diesel and it's smoky, chaces are the fuel injectors are faulty
  • 5. Always check the anti-lock brake system, as it can be a problem
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