What's the used Citroën Xantia estate like?
It's a bit of a left-field choice, but there's much to commend Citroen's family estate. The engines are all pretty refined but, above all, the Xantia really scores for its superb ride quality.
Its Hydractive gas/fluid suspension keeps the ride height level, regardless of the load you're carrying in the rather small boot, and wafts the car over poor surfaces with real composure. The handling is less impressive, but it's reasonable enough. The steering is short of feel, however, and the servo-assisted brakes take a little getting used to - even a gentle dab on the pedal can cause the car top stand on its nose. Inside, function and practicality take priority over style, but you get a fair amount of kit. The seats were improved on later cars but, even then, they're soft and lack support. If you do a high mileage, this may be a deal-breaker. However, as cheap, versatile family wheels with a decent load bay and distinctive styling, the Xantia's worthy considering.