What's the used Citroën Xsara like?
The estate is the real star of the Citroen Xsara range, offering more space than many of its rivals. Even with all the seats in use, there's still room for four large suitcases and a golf bag in the back. The seats split and fold on all models, and once they're down, the load area is flat and wide. Extra luggage can always go on the integral roof rails.
Up front in the cabin, attention to detail is not so impressive. Although all the controls are within easy reach, the design is plain and some of the plastics look cheap. The economical diesel engines were the best in their day and are still impressive, especially the later 1.9 and 2.0 turbo units. Although the ride can be firm around town, it's comfortable everywhere else. There's more body roll than you might like, but the steering is sharp and the handling fine.