What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For Cheap to buy and to run, and later ones are well equipped and reliable

Against It feels old and looks shabby; it's dull to drive and not that reliable

Verdict Worth considering if you have little to spend. Otherwise, it's well past its sell-by date

Go for… 1.6i SX

Avoid… 1.9 D X

Citroën Xsara Hatchback
  • 1. When setting your budget, inlcude the cost of suspension repairs, as you're likely to have to shell out
  • 2. Pay particular attention to the clutch on a test drive, as it's a known weak point
  • 3. Check that all - and we mean all - the electrics work properly, because faults are common
  • 4. Insist on a full service history, as it's possible that previous owners may have skimped on maintenance
  • 5. Don't buy tatty cars because they're cheap. Good examples aren't much more, and will be cheaper in the long run
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