Which used Citroën Xsara estate should I buy?
Citroen launched the estate with a 1.4-litre petrol engine. It may have 75bhp, and it may feel OK if you're on your own, but fully loaded? Forget it. The 103bhp 1.6-litre and 112bhp 1.8-litre petrols give a better and more refined drive, but when there's load lugging to be done, you can't beat a diesel.
Prior to the Xsara's 2000 face-lift, a 68bhp 1.9 diesel and a 90bhp turbo unit were on offer. The best engine arrived in June 1999, a 2.0-litre HDI common rail unit, with either 90 or 110bhp. There are five trims, X, LX, SX, Exclusive and Desire. Post-'99 models all have anti-lock brakes, and cars from 2000 onwards have air-con from LX models upwards. SX trim provides a height-adjustable seat, but we recommend seeking out an Exclusive for the alloy wheels, heated electric mirrors, CD autochanger and luggage floor net.