1997 Citroen Saxo Reviews - Page 5 of 12

1997 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance40520 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Best value for price anywhere

Faults:

At 4years 5 months the battery failed. When I put the car in for 40000 mile service and MOT I was informed that the car required a new set of front brake pads and two wiper blades, other than a side light bulb that's all in 5years and 9 months. Maybe this is why I am reluctant to sell this car. The longest I ever kept a car previous to this one was two years.

General Comments:

Driving this car is like a breath of fresh air. I love it. As I'm only 5ft 7ins I find it comfortable enough. I can never understand someone who is over 6ft buying this model and then complaining it's not big enough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2003

1997 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 8v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Insurance Friendly Pocket Rocket

Faults:

Horn replaced twice.

Front brake discs replaced at about 20000 miles due to warped disc, and all discs and pads replaced at 40000 miles due to uneven wear.

Exhaust (centre section and back box) replaced at 40000 miles.

General Comments:

The saxo VTR is an excellent car to own as a run around, it is both fairly quick, cheap to run and very cheap to insure (group 7)

The interior of the early cars is fairly luxurious, with velour seats, and electric windows etc, it is a shame however, that Citroen decided not to offer leather or air-con as this lets it down slightly against the peugeot 106 GTI.

Overall the Saxo VTR is a good looking, fun car, which more than makes up for it lack of speed against the VTS with it's cheap insurance and running costs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2002

1997 Citroen Saxo SX 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carMG Midget

Summary:

Cheap, fun and basic town car

Faults:

Not much, just a small oil leak, and new rear brakes.

General Comments:

I like the simplicity of this car. It is had little in the way of equipment, therefore making the car quite light.

This lightness aided the cars nippy responses around town, with nice steering, that is only heavy at parking speeds due to lack of power steering.

The driving position was bad for me at 6 foot 1. The wheel was too low (or seat was too high) and I don't know why Citroen decided to put the pedals in the position they are in. They are too close together, and very small. Takes some getting used to!

The gear change is OK, but could be a bit more positive in its action.

The car rode well, and had very good handling for such a simple car. It gripped well, and was always fun to drive.

The rear seats are poor. Very little room for even average sized people. The boot is quite big though.

Build quality and materials are dreadful! The plastic is worse than some kids toys I have seen! It rattles sometimes, and is noisy.

Plus points are:

Nippy and fun to drive, cheap to insure, excellent fuel consumption (50mpg), servicing and parts are cheap.

Bad points:

Bad quality trim and body panels (very flimsy), slow on the open road, basic, poor gear change.

Overall I enjoyed this car, but wanted an upgrade to a more comfortable car with more equipment, so I bought a Ford Ka Luxury (review there as well!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th September, 2002

6th Nov 2006, 16:59

Why did you not recommend it because it seems you have enjoyed owning the car?

6th Dec 2009, 09:13

To be completely honest, I had a Saxo 1.1i 1997 (P) for my first car, and I personally think the car is excellent. I work with car and have driven loads of cars, and there may be loads of cars that are better looking, performance and build quality, although Saxos are not amazing. If I would get any car again, I would get a Saxo.

1. Cheap to tax

2. Cheap to insure

3. Brilliant on fuel

4. Small and easily movable

I would recommend a Saxo to anyone. You may be 6 ft 1, so a bigger car would usually be a good thing to do. If you wanted a small car with all the room, get a Pug 307 HDi or a Rover 25.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 52 reviews