2002 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6i from UK and Ireland
Fleet footed super-mini
The gearbox jammed in third gear at approximately 10k miles. I suspect that this had more to do with the awful roads that I navigate every morning than any inherent failing in the gearbox design. A combination of the dreadful Southport coastal and Liverpool dock roads plus many, many speed bumps, all attacked at unabated speed would test the durability of any vehicle.
The Saxo is the best selling hot hatch at the moment and its easy to see why. The car is great fun to drive with sharp handling, electric performance and wonderful maneuverability.
At the same time costs are kept to a minimum, even the hardest driving has never reduced fuel consumption below 40mpg with an easy 45-50mpg possible in normal use.
Build quality appears to be OK, although the quality of the materials is somewhat on the cheap side. Nothing has broken off or started rattling despite the high mileage.
Dealer service from the supplier was reasonable, although other Citroen garages have been less than helpful.
Citroen also missed out by offering almost no options on this car. The addition of air-conditioning and leather seats would have been a nice option to have had.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th July, 2003