Used Citroën Xsara Hatchback (2000 - 2004) Driving & Performance

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 26 Feb 2013
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The Xsara is the last of the old Citroëns waiting for replacement. Expect the C4 to be very different.

2.5 out of 5

Performance

The 2.0 HDi diesel is the pick of the bunch. Strong power delivery, economical and reliable. The 1.4 HDi offers great economy, but needs to be worked hard. Petrol engines are fine, but nothing special. The 1.6 is the best compromise.

2 out of 5

Handling

Ride and handling are poor. The ride is wallowy on smooth roads, but uncomfortably crashy on bumpy A and B roads. Bodyroll through corners is excessive, there's little feel in the steering and the gearchange is notchy. But it's easy to live with - the steering is light, making parking easy and the brakes are responsive.