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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    2 out of 5 stars

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34 reader reviews for Citroën Saxo Hatchback.
  • 1.1i Desire 3dr

    Rachel Callaghan , W Yorks . Date: 01/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my first car. I've owned a 03-reg Desire model for 7 months now. I find it cheap to run, as the fuel consumption is good (over 40mpg so far) and the insurance is fairly low. The CD player & sound are fine, and having a sunroof is great. I can also fit plenty of shopping in the boot, which - in my opinion - is a good size for such a small car. My other half, who has been driving for 13 years, thinks it is very easy to manouvre.

    However there are a few niggles - the plastic interior trim is shoddy, and my door handle has come loose. I find the mirrors are difficult to get in a good position. There is a lot of rattling inside, even at fairly low speeds. I'm not short (5ft 7in), but the driving position is terrible - the pillars obscure my vision at junctions. Shame the seat isn't height adjustable.

    The pedal positioning is rubbish, even my narrow little feet get stuck on the sides of the footwell.

    Overall - if you can get a good deal then it's OK for a first or second car, but I don't think many experienced drivers will be impressed by it.

  • 1.1 SX 3dr

    Elliott Plumb , Middlesex . Date: 10/04/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    i have recently purchased a citroen saxo as my first car and i am currently learning in it. i was lucky enough to purchase an R-Reg version from a relative who has had it in her garage for all of its life and its had very little use with only 35.000 miles on the clock. Pros: I must say the car is querky and powerful for its small engine and is economical. though i do not pay the insurance myself, my father tells me its cheap! Not bad equipment inside with electric windows and central locking and a key code immobiliser!

    Cons: Although the car is great, i found i had to put some VTR wheels on it just to make it a little more exciting. I am no boy racer but i like the look of a set of sensible alloys. My driving instructors micra has power steering and anti lock brakes which i would like on my saxo but the steering is so light anyway, it seems it doesnt need it. The cabin lacks a CD Player and looks quite dated. I have had to purachase an inexpensive tape which i can link with my ipod nano to save some money.

    The saxo is a fabulous little car and i believe i will have her for years to come and hopefully get continuous pleasureble driving experiences!

  • 1.6i VTR 3dr

    antony graham Date: 14/10/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    First venture into citroen,and sadly never again.Superb little car to drive,excellent fuel economy,great looking,roadholding is on par with a competition car-I just can not fault that at all.

    But the build quality,and materials are atrocious.I bought my car at one year old,with 10k on the clock-with full dealer history.At 15k it had to have both the engine and gearbox re-sealed because of the amount of oil it was leaking.At 17k it had to have a new suspension drop link which had worn out.Paint started flaking off the bumpers at about this mileage,and disks all round had to be replaced even though the pads were fine.At 25k both top suspension mounts had to be repaced because they had worn out.I have never heard of top suspension mounts needing replacement at this sort of mileage.The struts run in rubber bearings,and are just not up to the job.Air bag warning light comes on because the connection under the seat pulls apart - because you have to sit on it!!Depreciation seems to be bad also.

    AS I said my first and last venture into citroen,I will be going back to my japanese cars.

  • 1.0i First 3dr

    becky shute , devon . Date: 19/09/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my 1.0-litre Saxo since November last year. I think this is a lovely car, and hasn't caused me any trouble apart from it needing a new oxygen sensor when it went for its MoT.

    It handles the road well, and is nippy for a 1.0-litre. Insurance wasn't too expensive and it only sips fuel. The pedals do feel a bit squashed together at first, but once you're used to them they are fine, especially as I'm only small.

    However, power steering would be nice, and it does struggle up steep hills and with people in the back, but apart from that I can't fault it.

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