Which used Citroën Xantia hatchback should I buy?
Go for a 2.0 HDi common-rail turbodiesel. Both the 90bhp and 110bhp versions are strong, frugal and smooth - worth the premium over the older 2.1 TD and 1.9 TD.
Petrols include an 89bhp 1.6, but unless you only drive in town, try to find a 112bhp 1.8 or, preferably, the 123bhp 2.0. There's also a very pacy turbocharged 2.0 with 150bhp - the pick of the quick ones. You can also find 3.0 V6 versions, but their 194bhp performance is pointless and the thirst prohibitively expensive. Activa models have computer-controlled suspension that virtually eliminates body roll through corners, but we'd avoid them. Some find the experience a little disconcerting, but our concerns are more over complexity and repair costs. As for trims, LX has all you really need. SX gives you more and Exclusive has it all. Forte is a bit basic, though. You'll find plenty at independent dealers and in the classifieds, but be choosy. Only buy the very best.