Used Citroën Saxo 1996 - 2003 review

Category: Small car

Section: What is it like?

1996 - 2003 review
Citroën Saxo (96 - 03)
  • Citroën Saxo (96 - 03)
  • Citroën Saxo (96 - 03)
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What's the used Citroën Saxo hatchback like?

The Saxo is small, light and basic - an old school supermini. It comes with three or five doors, but neither version offers much space inside. What's more, the wheel and seat height are fixed and the pedals are offset to the left, so making yourself comfortable can be quite tricky.

A driver's airbag comes as standard, but that's it for safety kit, though VTS models have anti-lock brakes. A 2001 model tested by Euro NCAP achieved two stars for occupant safety and two for pedestrian protection - both some distance behind more modern rivals.

The cheap-looking dash also suffers in comparison with more modern designs, but the big, pull-out centre air vent is effective.

There's adequate space up front, but it's tight in the back. Worse still, all the seats are squashy and flat, and uncomfortable over long distances, while the boot is small.

For a quick blast, though, the Saxo's great fun to drive, with direct steering and light controls. However, plenty of engine noise and wind whistle reaches the cabin.