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    Default Mighty awesome Xantia

    Worth seeing at least a dozen times.


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    Judging by the lack of roll it must be an Activa. A pity it wasn't developed further for the likes of the C6 & etc..

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    Its better with the sound off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post
    Its better with the sound off.

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    Yeah best off for those with a heart condition.


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    "awesome Xantia"

    congratulations Adrian, no doubt the first and last time those two words will ever be used in the same sentence.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mberry View Post
    "awesome Xantia"

    congratulations Adrian, no doubt the first and last time those two words will ever be used in the same sentence.


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    That's a bit harsh, it's actually a very well kept secret that Xantia is awesome to drive and own, mine has been anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mberry View Post
    "awesome Xantia"

    congratulations Adrian, no doubt the first and last time those two words will ever be used in the same sentence.


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    I disagree too.


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    This one seems to work decently enough...


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    Bit of a dirty trick by the Porsche to pass that car in a way that left it as an obstacle to the CitroŽn.

    Interesting to see significant differences in cornering lines between FWD and RWD.

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    Wow. Impressive stuff.. They're a seriously capable car!

    What a shame the system didn't get the widespread recognition it deserved (s)!

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    It's a shame we never saw a RHD Activa V6. Although apparently the LHD ones did get a bit of a reputation for killing people due to the high speeds they had to be going if they ever did fall off the road...

    The 2.0CT Activa was alright, but never really felt like a performance car - I remember taking several new ones for a spin back in 1999 and just going round and round roundabouts, marveling at the lunacy of cornering so flat!

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    Just had a 10km drive through southern Sydney, King Georges Rd and Tom Uglys Bridge. There are some people that really shouldn't be behind the wheel, particularly in the right hand lane. The guy in front can't buy his glasses at Specsavers because no way are they going to sell that much glass for so few dollars. I managed to flick past in the left lane in the Xantia and was about to switch on the FOLLOW ME sign when I realised he wouldn't be able to see it anyway.

    I love the Xantia in traffic. Automatic for instant response and silly spring replaced with conduit in the brake pedal to shave off a split second. Rewarded by a clear run through the Tom Uglys Bridge corners. Always gives me a buzz how well the Xantia handles it. Being a VSX, I expect the suspension would have transitioned to the sports mode. It doesn't really matter. The car always performs on cue and always amazes when it is asked to really show its stuff. It is not so quick from the lights, but the race is never won in the first 100 yards. Its always won by the guy with the most points on his licence.

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    You can stall it up at the lights, the AL4 does this better but your ZF box will still benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haakon View Post
    This one seems to work decently enough...

    Awesomeness again and well driven. I love the way the Xantia catches the Porsche in the corners. The Porsche owner must have been upset that he couldn't lose a 4 door Citroen!
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    A less flattering video is the Xantia Euroncap crash test. Really not pretty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haakon View Post
    A less flattering video is the Xantia Euroncap crash test. Really not pretty.
    A lot better than a 2cv or new Great Wall from China. Besides with awesome handling you won't have an off and slam into a tree to test your airbags.


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    Arrgghh! Third try to respond.
    Don't believe the Xantia could outrun a 911 or 308 (first vid), but I do believe the handling. It's not as forgiving as the D's, and I wish they had bigger diameter wheels. But really, it's the fulfillment of the "D" ethic.

    Safety? I hope a competent driver is better than auto-brake, auto-park, etc, etc. The only "computer" safety option in my SX is anti-skid brakes, and it cost me an accident after 5 weeks of ownership.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Arrgghh! Third try to respond.
    Don't believe the Xantia could outrun a 911 or 308 (first vid), but I do believe the handling. It's not as forgiving as the D's, and I wish they had bigger diameter wheels. But really, it's the fulfillment of the "D" ethic.

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    Have you driven a V6 Xantia ? I believe it! Ok that's an old 911 but nevertheless the V6 Xantia is an extremely fast and furious beast with unmatched handling capabilities, which means it can be driven faster into and through the corners, it may have less acceleration out of the corner than a 911. But it's the 911 that will spin off backwards into a tree first.


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    I have a 1998 Activa (2.0). It kinda begs the question about being a "performance" car. I see it in reverse: its a super "every day car" that happens to be able to do some very nimble handling and performance tricks. Like the proverbial "Q" car.

    It isn't that hard to build an outright fast, good handling car if you forgo the "every day" facets (such as comfort, suspension, and low down performance without a massive turbo hit/lag, etc.) The Activa passes as a family sedan with excellent manners, but has a very delightful Jekyll and Hyde personality when wanted. I have owned a slew of Citroens: DS, CX, GS, C5 ...and the thing that stands out about the Xantia (apart from the, erm, rather boringness in looks) is that it is very well built, reliable, and cheap to run compared with pretty much any of the others mentioned (not that I don't love them all madly...) The trim in mine is virtually "as new" even now.

    IMHO it is one of the best Citroens ever made .... if you don't count the lack of essential Citroen aesthetics and the more supple ride of the DS.

    If they had combined the engineering and build quality of the Xantia with the *exoticness* of the DS, SM, ...well, wouldn't that have been a winner!

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