Citroen Xantia Review1993 - 2001

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Models Covered:First generation Xantia - 1993-to date(1.6i 5dr Hatchback [base,LX,SX] / 1.8i 5dr Hatchback,Estate [LX,SX] / 2.0i 5dr Hatchback,Estate [LX,SX,VSX,16v VSX,Turbo Activa,16v SX,Turbo VSX] / 1.9 D 5dr Hatchback,Estate [D,DLX,DSX] / 1.9 TD 5dr Hatchback,Estate [TD,TD LX, TD SX, TD VSX])Second generation Xantia June 1997-2001:(1.8i 16v 5dr Hatchback [LX,SX] / 1.8 8v Estate [LX] / 2.0i 5dr Hatchback [SX,VSX] / 2.0i Estate [SX] / 2.0 Turbo Hatchback [Activa] / 2.0 Turbo Estate [VSX] / 1.9 SD 5dr Hatchback [LX] / 1.9 TD 5dr Hatchback and Estate [LX,SX] / 2.1 TD Hatchback, Estate [SX,VSX] / 3.0i Hatchback [Exclusive]) / 2.0HDi Hatchback, Estate [LX,SX,Exclusive])

Citroen Xantia Review

Quick Summary of the Citroen Xantia

OVERALLCitroen Xantia Overall Rating

A car which makes a great deal of sense second-hand, innovative without being outlandish. If you can find a good one, don't hesitate.


Let's get one thing straight at the outset. You pronounce it "zan-ti-a". Almost everyone knows that now of course, but they didn't back in 1993, when Citroen's stylish mid-range Xantia was launched to warm press and public acclaim. The good news is that it's now an affordable option on the used market - and there are plenty about.
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History of the Xantia

The Xantia was the car with the difficult job of replacing the BX, the plastic-bodied medium range Citroen that almost single-handedly brought the company back to profit. Voted 'Europe's Most Beautiful Car' within months of being launched, the market quickly took the new French arrival to its heart.Most second-hand examples you'll find will be fitted with 1.6, 1.8 or 2.0-litre petrol engines or 1.9-litre normally aspirated or turbocharged diesels. More recent cars gained 16-valve 1.8 and 2.0-litre units which, though undeniably smoother and quieter, did not represent a huge improvement. Other recent range additions you may find on the used forecourt are the turbocharged petrol Estate and the clever 'Activa' model with 'active' suspension.The range received a mild makeover for the summer of 1997. The main news was the introduction of new 2.1-litre turbo diesel engines to complement the existing 1.9-litre units. Additionally, an all-new 3.0-litre V6 engine appeared, finally confirming the rumours of a six-cylinder Xantia that had circulated for years. The turbocharged 'Activa' was the only model to remain unchanged. Indeed, every Xantia now shared the actively sprung car's body-coloured bumpers. A high-mounted stoplight also now featured.A much more significant makeover was announced early in 1998 when Citroen gave the car a new front end and revised the rear taillights. Equipment levels were improved and prices reduced (particularly on the Activa). The Autumn of 1998 brought the introduction of a new 2.0-litre Common Rail HDi turbo diesel engine to replace the 2.1-litre unit. The 1.9-litre turbo diesel continued – but only until July 1999 when a 90bhp HDi unit finally replaced it.The range was slimmed down considerably at the end of 2000 with the 3.0-litre V6, the turbocharged Activa, the 90bhp HDi diesel and the 2.0 16v petrol models all being dropped. It was replaced altogether by the new C5 in the middle of 2001.