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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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33 reader reviews for Citroën Saxo Hatchback.
  • 1.6i VTR 3dr

    Chris Czora Date: 13/07/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned my 1997 VTR for two years and have found it very enjoyable.

    For a 1.6 8 valve engine it runs very well, it is definately an engine that thrives on revs and is at its happiest at over 4000 rpm - it is like a different car!

    Easily the best feature of the car is the handling. Take it down a B road and it is so enjoyable, with the right driver it would embarass much more powerful and expensive machinery.

    I own the series one model, which I think looks very pleasing to the eye, I have resisted the temptation to make my car look stupid with Lexus lights and other rubbish as I think the standard VTR looks very nice.

    Build quality? Well it is French at the end of the day, and I have yet to drive a French car where the dashboard doesn't feel like it is going to come apart in your hands. To be fair the interior has worn well for a 1997 car

    The narrow, offset pedals do take some getting used to, but it does not take long to get accustomed, I can drive it.

    It is economical on fuel and a lot of general serving can be carried out at home.

    My main criticism I have with the car is the boy racer image, sadly the VTR seems to have gained a reputation as a McDonalds car-park car, at first it was fun beating the 1 litre "Nova badboy" brigade in a trafic light race, now they are just annoying!

    I think this is a shame as it otherwise is a superb car which is very enjoyable to drive.

  • 1.6i VTR 3dr

    jon arnold Date: 22/06/2005
    • 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my VTR for two months now and love it.

    Obviously, a 120bhp VTS would be nice but the VTR is well worth saving yourself a fortune for car insurance.

    It's very quick off the mark and picks up speed very well. the handling of the car feels great and you dont fight to control the car at speed at all.

    The top end isn't great but it gets to 110mph easily. The driving position isn't the best either and the pedals are to the left a bit and very close together. It took me a couple of days to get used to and now it's normal. When you are comfortable with it and can race the car all you want.

    I really do rate this car highly. The car comes with CD player, electric windows and a sunroof. Body work looks smart and stylish and I love the look of the car as much as the handling.

    Fuel consuption is better than what i first thought, costs about 30 quid to fill up and get about 400 miles from a full tank...

  • 1.1i First 3dr

    Andrew Berry Date: 06/05/2005
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had this car for over a year now. Being a boy racer i do thrash it, but it seems to enjoy it. It offers pretty good value for money and considering how I drive it I spend about a full tank (£35) a week and get around 425 miles out of that. I enjoy this car and the driving position is very relaxed.

  • 1.6i VTR 3dr

    Dan Leslie Date: 19/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I test drove this car whilst looking around for a first car.

    It seemed to have everything I was after! Amazing looks, awesome performance, most extras... If only I could fit my size 10 feet on its pedals!

    I would advise looking at a Fiesta Zetec-S, a lot more room for taller/big-footed drivers!

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