Used Citroën Saxo (1996 - 2003) Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 25 Feb 2013
3.5
Close relative of the Peugeot 106 with a cult following thanks to cheap-to-buy-and-run hot VTR and VTS versions. Saxo lacks traditional Citroën quirkiness but it's just as nice to drive as the 106, once you get used to the offset foot pedals.

Citroën Saxo (96-03)
Economy, drives well, more spacious than many rivals.
Styling lacks Citroën originality.

New price range:

£5,855 - £12,045

Used price range:

£168 - £1,350

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

Close relative of the Peugeot 106 with a cult following thanks to cheap-to-buy-and-run hot VTR and VTS versions. Saxo lacks traditional Citroën quirkiness but it's just as nice to drive as the 106, once you get used to the offset foot pedals. Economical and willing engines, a spacious interior, and above-average ride comfort for a supermini. The two hot hatch versions - 1.6 VTR and VTS 16-valve are brilliant.

The range received a make over in late 1999 with facelifted Saxo 2 versions.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

2.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

2.5 out of 5

Safety

1.5 out of 5

Reliability

3 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

not rated yet

Buying used

2.5 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

2.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 The car is small and practical. It has great boot space and the interior of mine is great, really happy with it.  

4 out of 5

Megan Watts ,   08 Oct 2014    ... read more

 It can carry a ridiculous amount of stuff for such a small car.  

5 out of 5

Ben Thompson ,   25 May 2014    ... read more

 It is fuel efficient. I'll put 50 quid in and provided I drive sensibly it'll almost last me the whole month. A fair amount of boot space, too.  

4 out of 5

James Swatton ,   21 Mar 2014    ... read more

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