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.