Citroen XM (1989 - 2000)
Last updated 6 April 2013
Replacing the CX must have been difficult for Citroën, but with the XM, the feat was managed superbly. Hydractive suspension offered superb ride comfort but reasonably roll-free cornering. Individually styled interior was interesting and huge. Two-litre engines were weak in standard form, but turbos were quick. Diesel and V6 versions were outstanding.
Electrical problems dented image, and the XM never recovered. But in an age of PSA rationality, infusing the XM with the individuality of its forebears was always going to be challenging. Yet, the fluid-suspended computer controlled XM managed that arduous task with ease. Firmer than Citroëns of old, the XM was still a magic carpet compared with executive class rivals. Values strangthening now survivor numbers have thinned out.