Used Citroën Saxo 1996 - 2003 review

Category: Small car

Section: Our recommendations

1996 - 2003 review
Citroën Saxo (96 - 03)
  • Citroën Saxo (96 - 03)
  • Citroën Saxo (96 - 03)
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Our recommendations

Which used Citroën Saxo hatchback should I buy?

The warm-hatch Saxo, the 1.6 VTR, is what everyone wants. Its chunky alloys and body kit look the part, while the buzzy 99bhp engine pulls it along quickly. Once the best-seller in its class, it's still in big demand at all ages and prices.

There's also the more powerful 120bhp VTS, which looks almost the same and has extra kit, but it's rarer.

Otherwise, the 1.5 diesel chugs along well and easily tops 50mpg so it's worth considering. There are also 1.1 and 1.4 engines - the bigger one is much better.

Trim runs from the most basic X, through LX and SX to VSX, but air-conditioning is unavailable, even as an option. Mid-trim LX or SX are best, the latter having remote locking and electric windows. There were also plenty of special editions with daft names such as Desire and Scandal, but don't pay over the odds for them.

With any car, try to buy a face-lifted, post-2000 model, as they are more reliable. And, look to buy privately or from independent dealers for the best value.