Highest praise at the ride-and-drive came from one of the first to try the 2.0-litre 90bhp Xsara. David Steele, road transport manager for Racal Communications, based in York, who drives a diesel Mondeo, said the Citroen 'knocks the Ford into a cocked hat' and added: 'This is something else. It gives a fantastic performance for a diesel.'
But Ken Allen, executive partner with A&L Vehicle Management Services in Basingstoke, said: 'It seemed a bit sluggish. While factors like the lack of noise is very good, I would much prefer to drive the car powered by the 110bhp HDI engine.'