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CitroŽn Xantia

CitroŽn Xantia
EngineIn-line four-cylinder
Displacement (bore * stroke)
Compression ratio
Engine control2*OHC (toothed belt)
Mixture preparation
Drive trainFront drive, transversal
Wheelbase2740 mm
Turning circle
Front suspensionMcPherson spring struts
Rear suspensionLongitudinal arm
Spring systemHydropneumatics
SteeringGear rack, servo
Brakes f/rDiscs, up front internally
Tyres175/70 R 14 - 205/55 R 15
Length4440 mm
Width1755 mm
Height1380 mm
Boot capacity min/max480 litres, 878 litres
Kerb weight
Payload533 - 562 litres
Tank capacity65 litres
Maximum speed
Manufactured1993 - 2001
VariantsBreak (estate car from 1995)
Purchase priceFrom 29,150 DM
Electric system12 V/ 30 Ah/ 390/490 W

It was the successor to the CitroŽn BX and initially the smaller brother of the XM, with whom it also shared the two-liter petrol engine the, however, was different in performance. The 'X' appeared to be the favorite letter of the higher management of CitroŽn at this time. The Xantia had not during the whole construction period this brother, because the had problems with the extension of the existing hydropneumatics and probably this led to greater disinterest.

The Xantia therefore had no XM to the side in its final year, but there also was not a successor for the next four years. It was good that the Xantia had inherited all sorts of goodies from the Great, e.g. a six-cylinder with 140 kW (190 HP) from 1997. It benefited from the direct-injection CR Diesel with 66 kW (90 HP) and at least 205 Nm torque in 1999. Externally it remained, however, with the quite simple front section similar to the XM. Not even the facelift 1997 had changed much. The old front you can see, for example, on picture 8. And because it lacked the more exciting rear of the XM, the Xantia remained a bit of a gray mouse in almost any colour all his life.

With a CitroŽn from the middle class, of course, this did not apply to the technical inner functions. Here a lot of technology was installed even at the smallest two variants of the Xantia, though the only had the proven hydro-pneumatics. After all, their high-pressure system was connected with the hydraulic of the brake and the steering assistance. CitroŽn drivers said, a repair on this system would be less common than a damper replacement in ordinary vehicles.

And in the more expensive versions one had used the system Hydractiv II. As you can see at the version designation, it is the system that even the XM received after its reworking. From which was claimed that it had overcome its electronic teething. At the XM one also could found a description of it. So it was rather the reverse.The unconventional springing system was rather a reason for the purchase of this vehicle.

Whether the more expensive petrol engine, or the smaller somewhat frail diesel engine, as soon as the engines were warm, genuine driving pleasure arose. Then with the springing system you felt on S-class level. In addition, you could still adjust the height by the slide in the middle and be sure with the hydractiv chassis, that the load, e.g., during rapid steering movements did not run out of control. The functional dashboard helped you in spite of a bit too many buttons. 06/14

CitroŽn Xantia: Focusing on the essentials