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?