Used Citroën Xantia Estate 1993 - 2001 review

Category: Estate car

It's a sensible buy as a low-cost family estate, and its ride quality is superb

Used Citroën Xantia Estate 1993 - 2001
  • Used Citroën Xantia Estate 1993 - 2001
  • Used Citroën Xantia Estate 1993 - 2001
Used Citroën Xantia Estate 1993 - 2001 review
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Steve Huntingford
Published01 January 2006

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.


It's a sensible buy as a low-cost family estate, and its ride quality is superb

  • It's cheap to buy and gives a refined drive, with a comfortable ride
  • You'll find more reliable, roomier estates with smarter, more modern interiors

Ownership cost

What used Citroën Xantia estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Citroën Xantia estate?

The Xantia is cheap to buy and run if you choose a reliable, well cared-for example. Get a wrong 'un, though, and the repair costs may soon add up.

The Hydractive gas/fluid suspension needs a costly overhaul every five years. However, the occasional repair should be easy to stomach since Warranty Direct reckons Citroens are among the cheapest cars to fix. The diesels are extremely easy on the wallet to run. Our pick of the range, the 2.0 HDi, should be good for about 50mpg with sensible driving. Expect to get about 40mpg from the 2.1 TD and 1.9 TD. Even the petrols are reasonably light on fuel - mid-30s to the gallon with the 1.8 and 2.0, around 30mpg for the turbocharged 2.0. Insurance, too, is respectable - group 12 or 13 for most of the range - and routine servicing won't slay your finances, especially if you use a reputable independent garage.

Our recommendations

Which used Citroën Xantia estate should I buy?

Our favourite is the 2.0 HDi turbodiesel - either with 90bhp or 110bhp. This smooth and impressively frugal direct-injection, common-rail unit is far better than the older 2.1-litre TD engine. There's also a 1.9 TD, but it's no match for the 2.0 HDi.

Of the petrol models, avoid the 1.8 if you're planning to make the most of the Xantia's load-carrying abilities. It may have 112bhp, but it lacks low-rev pull. Instead, go for a 2.0-litre model, available in normally aspirated form (135bhp) or turbocharged to produce 150bhp. All models have plenty of comfort and safety kit compared with their contemporary rivals. That's why we'd be happy with LX trim (one up from the basic Forte), although SX ups the ante and Exclusive tops the range with an impressive array of toys. You should have no trouble tracking a Xantia down. Independent traders and classifieds are good places to look, but be picky and buy on condition, not mileage.


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