I have had a Saxo on loan from a garage for a week now while my VW Passat is undergoing major repairs. I've not driven a small car for a long time and am pleasantly surprised with this one.
The only criticism i would have is that the pedals are too close together for anyone who drives wearing heavy shoes or working boots.
There is a factory fitted immobiliser consisting of a keypad just in front of the gear stick. You have to enter a 4 figure PIN code before the car will start. Don't forget the number! I find this feature quite irritating.
I can't comment on reliability, but the diesel engine is smooth running and doesn't sound strained even at motorway speeds. (This car is 10 years old and has 187,000 miles on the clock!)
I would recommend the Saxo for anyone in the market for a small car, but go for one with PAS, as without it, the steering is heavy at low speeds.
I would estimate the fuel consumption at 11 miles/litre or 50 mpg with a mixture of long distance and town driving.
I'm enjoying driving this little car, and if they can't fix my Passat, i may even buy a Saxo myself!
My dad bought this from new - ex demonstrator - and he loved it although it was small. I bought it from him when it was 5 yr old. It certainly looked the part, even the number plate the factory put on said SAX. 1.1i engine was nippy and the handling was excellant - sadly thats where it stops being great. Body panels are very thin and flimsy. Gear change is notchy, especially 3rd. And despite paying Citroen £150 to fix an oil leak - i still ended up doing it myself because they didnt believe it was leaking... (it was from the lower seal of the block near the crank). Rust started kicking in underneath by this time too. Inside however was pleasant, good looking dash and plastics. Funky colours and quite refined - engine/wind/road noise levels all good for a small car. Bit of a boy racer car though, spoils the image.
this cars ia superb! fast fun go cart that will leave most cars standing, i have owned a 1.8 sri corsa and i thought that was fast until i got my vts. the only downside is the fuel consumption its not great as i find 25mpg as an avarage not 33 like citroen say. thrash it and ul drop below 20! but i would recomend this little sport car to any1 thats looking to find themselfs a little fun car, handling is also superb and the car looks great. great drive outstsanding performance good value for money. go and get 1
I bought a vts model on an s plate 1998 model, The trim level was very basic and the stereo was not very good compared to modern cars but the engine combined with the light weight of the car made for a great driving experience.
The car was very quick at accelerating and could leave most things behind of the lights but unfortunitally i had to part with a lot of money to keep this car going. New exhaust, steering rack, suspention, drive shaft discs, and the thing kept leaking so had to sell it.
Going to buy another one but one that has been looked after properly.
In summary a great car to drive but needs to be well maintained
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