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Car reviews - Citroen - Xsara - 1.8 5-dr hatch

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7 May 2001

Citroen claims the Xsara is one of the most spacious cars in the segment, offering the longest cabin length and the biggest boot capacity of 408 litres Equipped with Citroen's self-steering rear axle, the Xsara offers the marque's traditional ride and handling qualities The central rear view mirror is fitted with two ball joints so it can be adjusted for tilt as well as height The door check straps have three positions to make it easy to get in and out of the Xsara. The first notch enables the door to be opened slightly so you do not hit the car parked next to you An indicator on the instrument cluster shows the distance to be covered before the next scheduled service. If the figure is less than 500km, the display flashes The main points of inspection in the engine bay are clearly identified through the use of bright colours and symbols to simplify routine maintenance All Xsara models are equipped with an electric function to adjust headlamp elevation The use of high-strength steel in the doors and substructure brings a considerable increase in stiffness without a weight penalty The rear parcel shelf can be stored vertically against the back of the rear bench The Xsara's 1.8-litre, four-cylinder engine produces 84kW at 5500rpm and 155Nm at 4250rpm. It is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox Electric windows, climate control air-conditioning, remote central locking and a powered passenger door mirror are standard along with a driver airbag.

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