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A Grand Monday: Citroen Xantia 3.0 V6 Exclusive

Published 18 June 2018

This week's pick of the small ads is a car that, while it might not look like anything particularly special, is a very exclusive car indeed.

It's one of fewer than 50 remaining, and of only 475 ever sold in right-hand-drive form. It's a Citroen Xantia 3.0 Exclusive, the luxury flagship of the company's mid-size hatchback range.

Despite a standard equipment list that left nothing missing from the toy box, the Xantia 3.0 once owned the dubious reputation of being Britain's fastest depreciating car, retaining less than 20% of its list price after three years.

Citroen Xantia (4)

That monicker was passed down to its successor, the equally well-appointed but less sharply styled C5, leaving the Xantia to slowly find its path towards being a modern classic, and it's now pretty much there. Indeed, there's now quite a big following for the wedge-shaped Xantia in Citroen circles, which means the V6 has gone full circle. From once being the least desirable Xantia on a dealer's forecourt, it has now become the most desirable.

This one, then, is a rare find, and also a seemingly good one. Tyres aside, there's absolutely nothing scary in the MoT history, and the owner's description appears to be honest and articulate. A brand new MoT adds peace of mind, too, along with confirmation of a recent cambelt change and suspension overhaul.

Plus, it's a 200bhp 24v automatic with full leather - fast and posh. At £950, we would.

Citroen Xantia (3) (1)


Karen's kars    on 18 June 2018

My uncle bought one from new, probally the worst car he ever owned. Suspension , gearbox ,all sorts went. He scrapped it with less than 80k on it.

Mike harding    on 19 June 2018

I have owned several xantias ...mostly the hdi diesel versions, looked after properly these cars are superb, much better than Ford's Vauxhalls and your everyday rubbish, the suspension is very reliable, but again you got to maintain them . Overall a great and reliable car. Love Them.

   on 19 June 2018

I have one of the 50 remaining. It runs and looks like new. Must be the most underrated car there is.

Raymond Grimwood    on 12 June 2019

Have tried everywhere for months to obtain body parts for my 1905 TD LX Xantia . A brilliant car especially on long runs to the continent . Far more V6's abroad but left hand drive is not so easy ? I shall hunt for a right hand drive next year ! The only alternative to the Xantia hatchback is a '99 to '01 Nissan Primera but regretfully without the lovely bodywork design , second to none !!

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