What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For It's dirt-cheap, well equipped, and rides well

Against The design is already looking dated, and the car's not that reliable

Verdict Worth considering, but well past its sell-by date

Go for… 2.0 VTS

Avoid… 1.6 VTR

Citroën Xsara Coupe
  • 1. Check over a VTS model particularly carefully - they tend to have been driven hard, and may have been crashed
  • 2. Check the clutch on a test drive, as it's a known weak point
  • 3. Include repairs to the suspension in your budget, as you may well need to spend some money on them
  • 4. Insist on a full service history, as it's possible that previous owners may have skimped on maintenance
  • 5. Check the electrics work properly, as even minor repairs can be costly
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