What's the used Citroën Xsara like?
The Xsara Coupe is an anonymous-looking small hatch with three doors. But, in a bid to lend it some street-cred, Citroen offered only the quicker engines from the Xsara line-up and stiffened the suspension a touch. The VTR is more of a warm hatch but the VTS is pretty hot.
Drivers of any version will appreciate the clear dashboard, if not some fiddly buttons and the squidgy, unsupportive driver's seat, while passengers will find there's a fair amount of space inside. However, shoulder room in the rear is tight for three and there's only a lap-belt for the centre passenger. The boot is big and practical and the rear seats split-fold, but the spare wheel is slung underneath in a cradle, which makes life easy for thieves unless a security bolt is purchased. Equipment levels are high and all models have alloy wheels and air-con, and most have a CD player. But, the biggest problem is just finding one. The Xsara coupe was never a big seller when new, so it's a rare sight second-hand.