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Is the Citroën Xantia a future classic?

There’s a widely-held belief in Europe that there are more people who collect Citroëns than any other French brand.  That’s true, but it is mostly due to the popularity of iconic models like the 2CV, the DS, and the Mehari.  A lot of other Citroëns from the same era have been left behind and forgotten about.

Historically speaking, some of the least-valuable Citroëns have been medium-sized sedans like the GS, the GSA, and the BX.  These cars all offer a sophisticated hydraulic suspension system that gives them a level of comfort that is almost unheard of in their market segment but in spite of that, they are often poorly-maintained, beat senseless by their owners, and sent to the scrapyard by the truckload.

In 1993, the angular BX was replaced by the Xantia, a car whose styling was heavily inspired by the larger XM.  It used a similar hydraulic system and it was powered by a host of Peugeot-sourced engines; one of the most popular units over the years was a 1.9-liter HDi four-cylinder diesel.

The Xantia was part of the Citroën lineup until 2002, so later examples are still worth a respectable amount, but there is an increasing (and slightly alarming) amount of early models showing up in junkyards.  That is generally a good indication that in the average buyer’s mind, early Xantias have crossed the fine line between “affordable used car” and “beater”.

What do you think?  Will the Xantia become the first truly sought-after mid-size Citroën sedan, or it will follow the same path as its predecessors?

7 thoughts on “Is the Citroën Xantia a future classic?

  1. Nope. Nowhere near interesting enough (other then the Activa). And I’m one of the world’s biggest Citroen fans.

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  4. Therein lies the problem – the DS as a classic is a no brainer – as is the CX – then the XM….hmmmm dodgy ground……. Xantia anyone? Thing is if we don’t cherish ad save these cars 10 – 15 – 20 years from now nobody will know they existed !! People probably said the same about Cortina mk 5’s and early Sierra’s – but they all deserve some of them being preserved surely

    • I think XMs have hit rock bottom, folks are almost giving them away, especially ones that don’t run for whatever reason(s). CXs are actually taking a surprisingly long time to go back up in value, at least here in France. You can still find a relatively clean example for less than a thousand euros.

      The Xantia is another story – judging by the GS and the BX I’d say the future looks dim. Shame, the early ones were brilliant, bullet-proof cars.

  5. I reckon there will be a nostalgia value in it for people like me who grew up in France/England back in the late 90’s/early 00’s. The Xantia will be the Twingo or the 406. People will want a car they used to see on the road growing up. I really really want a wagon at some point when I’m not a student and can afford to run a Xantia!

    • They’re actually not that expensive to run. I’ve never owned one, but a friend of mine had an early (1994, I think) Xantia for years and he never had any issues with it.

      Parts were readily available and affordable, and it was relatively simple to work on (I did most of his maintenance), even the hydraulics are pretty straight-forward.

      He gave the car to his dad and, from what I hear, it’s still going strong.

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