Citroen's quirky old supermini
Fuel filter head has a crack, and would draw air in, meaning a bit of churning in the morning.
Needed a tyre and an air filter.
Heater control panel fell off.
Usual flimsy AX construction.
This is probably the shortest review I've written. Firstly, let me say I am an AX aficionado, I've owned four of them and they really are awesome little cars; no frills transport for those not obsessed with fashion, with enough Citroen-esque quirks to give some character.
The AX Diesel certainly has character, you'll either love it or hate it. Take the lightest, flimsiest old supermini about, then stick a heavy cast iron block diesel engine in it, without the benefit of PAS, it gives distinctly heavy steering, but it works well enough.
The main advantage of the diesel engine is the economy and added torque over the usual 954cc petrol models, I can't comment on the 1100cc ones, and the 1360cc AX's are a different animal altogether, but the 1.5 diesel comfortably outperforms the 1.0 on the road and at the pumps. Although I have read ridiculous claims of over 70mpg, my one never bettered 58ish on a run. Saying that, it was an average of over 50mpg in all driving, so I couldn't really complain. It had low insurance grouping, used the cheapest tyres you could get your hands on, and was only marginally more expensive to run than a moped.
I can't really think of any bad points, the car was utterly reliable in the time I owned it, although the chap I sold it to, who still has it 3 years later, swapped the back axle for a Saxo one, and it needed a new steering column for some reason. It's basically a tin box on wheels with an engine, but it's hard to dislike a car with wine bottle holders in the doors. I suppose the Saxo and 106, which are mechanically identical, are a bit more refined, but for cheap basic motoring with a bit of charm, it's hard to beat the AX.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th June, 2011