The Citroen Saxo in my opinion is a very nippy and very fashionable car. For all of this it’s known to be very much worth the money that Citroen are asking. The basic model the Sax Desire comes with a 1.1 litre engine, setting you back about £5,995, a very competitive price in today’s market. While the 1.1 isn't the most sporty of the models, it has no additions like alloy wheels, wings, tinted windows or side extra trim, many will not want these extras. This car is for the customer who wants a relatively inexpensive, cheap to run ‘Economy Car' it will do very well on fuel, e.g. trips to go shopping. If your looking for something a little more sportier the 1.4 Furio, the VTR or VTS will be the car for you, although it will cost you more to buy, use more petrol and have higher insurance premiums. The Saxo always had good sleek styling, especially now with the new front nose design, but has always suffered from a drab interior. The interior has been left behind it’s very simple, boring and all in black, but very sturdy. In summery the Saxo 1.1 is a very economical, nippy, stylish car with not a bad little engine in it, ideal for a little run about, that’s all nothing more and nothing less. Not bat for only £5,995 is it?
First of all we need to establish that this car is one of the cheapest on the market. For mine I paid £6000. For this money you are not going to expect huge amounts, just something that get you from A to B and is confortable and practical. The Saxo is all of these. No it is not a very quick car, no it is not huge but for the money you pay you certainly get value. The cars looks are not at all bad the driving position is not too cramped and although the accelaration is not huge for the size of the engine nor is it a let down. Handling of the car does not seem to be a problem and I would expect that for the majority of owners it is not a vital aspect as goes for most of the performance stats. This car is usually only going to driven short distances, to work and back or to do the shopping. For those purposes it is hard to fault. If you are looking for a car that does much more than this then you need to look else where but for the lower end of the market as it is I think that it would be a crime to overlook it.
I have owned a citreon Saxo for the past year. Having previously owned a citreon AX I was even more impressed by the performance of this car. The fuel consumption is excellent for such a small car,and for someone who travels quite a bit this makes the car even better value for money. The performance of this car is second to none and i often find myself travelling much faster than I think. The car is easy to maintain and the service I have received from my citreon dealer is of very high quality. The only disadvantage of this car is that is is slighly small for a family car as there is not much leg room for back seat passengers.
I am interested in buying a Saxo so I went to test drive one yesterday morning and on the whole, I was impressed.... the only problem being that i think they were designed with little old ladies in mind. I shall tell you why. I am a young girl and so yes, you would espect me to be dainty enough to buy a car that is designed for little old ladies who only ever go as far as the shops. But, I am not dainty. I am five foot nine and so in most cars i am staring out of the top of the windscreen and my feet are a rather huge ladies size nine. In the saxo, the driving position was fine height-wise, but the footwell was incredibly ickle so my feet kept stumbling over themselves. I kept finding myself puching the brake and the accellarator.... not a wise idea. Apart from that, I loved the drive... the pick-up on the car was fast and smooth. I also liked the cornering. i test drove an r-reg so it didn't have power steering as standard but this wasn't a problem as i found the car to be extremely manouvrable (guh, hoe exactly dooyoo spell that?) i may well be tempted, despite my big big feet!
I got my Saxo about 3 years ago and had it for 2 years. In that time I managed to rank up 35000 miles and the only big problem I got was a bust camshaft shortly after getting it. I put this down to a simply parts DOA. Nothing to worry about. The support I got from Citroen when it was in the garage was superb. I simpy cannot fault how they've treated me from start to finish. The car was quite small but perfect for my city driving at the time. Fuel consumption was acceptible and it handled nicely. The 1 litre engine, though perfect for the city driving, really didn't want to get up and go like some other smaller cars on the open road. Having said that it go me across many a motorway without relative simplicity. The comfort inside the Saxo is OK. The seats are a bit thin on luxury and don't stand well on long trips, however going down to the shops it's superb. All in all an excellent little car.