Used Citroën Synergie MPV 1995 - 2002 review

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An old-school people carrier that could do with better safety provisions

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Used Citroën Synergie MPV 1995 - 2002 review
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Steve Huntingford
Published01 January 2006

What's the used Citroën Synergie MPV like?

There aren't many eight-seater cars, but the Synergie is one of them. Five-, six- and seven-seat versions were also sold, and it's easy to get to the back seats in all of them thanks to sliding rear doors.

Less impressive is the amount of space inside. As in many MPVs, the third row of seats has to be removed before you can carry much in the boot, and they're heavy and awkward to move. Even if you're on your own, things aren't great. A steering wheel that only adjusts for height contributes to a distinctly poor driving position and the interior plastics look and feel low-rent. Citroens have traditionally been known for a cushioned, comfy ride, and the Synergie is no exception. But, the downside to this is that the car can bounce along undulating roads, making those in the rear queasy. However, there are no complaints about refinement: the Synergie's cabin is quiet, with minimal wind and road noise, and the 2.0-litre diesel is impressively smooth, too.


An old-school people carrier that could do with better safety provisions

  • It comes with a fine turbodiesel, seats up to eight and has sliding doors
  • The driving position is poor and even the priciest models lack safety kit

Ownership cost

What used Citroën Synergie MPV will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Citroën Synergie MPV?

Citroen's traditional pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap strategy is good news for used buyers, because it means depreciation is heavy from new. Even the 2.0-litre diesel, which commands the highest second-hand prices, looks affordable next to many rivals of a similar vintage.

This model will be easy on fuel, too, because it returns a healthy 49.6mpg on average. The 1.9-litre engine it replaced is far less impressive, averaging just 34.9mpg. That's little better than the 30.7mpg that the 138bhp petrol can manage. Insurance bills, too, should be comparatively low for all Synergies, with the petrol cars sitting in group 10 and the diesels group 12. The tale is mixed when it comes to maintenance, though. Citroens are among the cheapest cars to repair and service, with dealers charging less per hour than their counterparts at Ford, Vauxhall and Toyota. However, this all has to be weighed against Citroen's poor reliability record, which could end up costing you.

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Which used Citroën Synergie MPV should I buy?

The Synergie was initially sold with a 123bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 92bhp 1.9-litre diesel. The 1.9 diesel was detuned to produce 90bhp in October 1999 before being discontinued a year later, while a more powerful 2.0-litre petrol with 138bhp and a 110bhp 2.0-litre diesel were introduced in May 2000.

Of all these options, the 2.0-litre diesel isour pick, because of its better pull and light thirst. All Synergies have air-conditioning and twin front airbags, but side and curtain bags weren't fitted, and some of the seats make do with a lap belt rather than a full three-point seatbelt. Stepping up to a mid-range SX car brings climate control and an electric sunroof, but only the flagship Exclusive models came with a CD player, alloy wheels and heated, electrically adjustable door mirrors as standard.


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