Which used Citroën Xsara coupe should I buy?
Try for the 167bhp 2.0 VTS if you can afford the insurance: it's quick and, providing it is looked after, handles well. Otherwise, the 1.8 or 1.6 VTR models are a good second best. Note, though, that older 1.6s muster only 89bhp, whereas post-face-lift cars have 110bhp. That makes quite a difference and the 89bhp cars are a bit slow and coarse. The 110bhp version is smoother and noticeably quicker.
Otherwise, there's a quick 2.0 diesel, also with 110bhp. This is rare, but worth seeking out because it's a rapid car that is also cheap to fuel and insure. All Xsara coupes are well equipped and post-2000 models are notably good for safety kit. Most have twin front and side airbags, plus anti-lock brakes. Also, expect to find air-con and a CD player, as well as remote locking and electric windows.