What's the used Citroën Xantia hatchback like?
The Xantia drives reasonably well. Its smooth Hydractive gas/fluid suspension soaks up everything UK roads can throw at it and Activa versions corner with virtually no body roll.
The handling is safe, but the lifeless steering stops you really enjoying it. And, although the brakes are good, the heavy servo-assistance means it can take a while to get used to just how little pressure is needed on the pedal. The engines are, for the most part, refined. In fact, if it wasn't for the lack of support from the soft seats (improved slightly on later cars), it would make a comfortable motorway cruiser. As it is, though, those seats could make long journeys, quite literally, a pain in the back. Inside, the design feels dated and the materials cheap, but there's plenty of comfort and safety kit, as well as a reasonable amount of space. The boot, too, is a decent size.