Citroen Saxo Review & Ratings
- 11 June 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
Citroen is a French car manufacturer that produced the super mini car the Citroen Saxo from the year 1996 through the year 2003. In Japan the car was called the Citroen Chanson. The vehicle shared several body and engine parts with the Peugeot 106. The major differences between the 2 were the body panels and the interiors. The production for the Citroen Saxo ended in the year 2003 as it was replaced with the Citroen C2.
The engines of the Citroen Saxo all came from the PSA TU series of engines. These were the same ones that powered the Peugeot 200 from the year 1988 as well as the Citroen AX. The range of engines included 5 that used petrol and one that used diesel.
The quoted power outputs for the engine are somewhat lower in comparison to the more modern smaller hatchbacks and even when compared to the hatchbacks of that time frame. The kerb weight was low as well with the VTS model having a 2016 pound kerb weight. The smaller engine models were about a hundred pounds less. This led to a higher power to weight ratio that gave the car a decent amount of acceleration, which made it suitable for driving in the city.
The equipment list for the Citroen Saxo was typically quite sparse with the budget models only offering pre-tensioners for seat belts, driver’s side airbag, a cassette player, tinted windows, and a heated rear screen. The higher model ranges offered PAS, sun roofs, electric windows, and passenger airbags, ultrasonic alarms, tachometer, CD player, body kits, front fog lights, and alloy wheels
The best equipped were the VTS and the VTR as both had rear disc brakes instead of drum brakes as well as ABS as the standard for the VTS and available as an option for the other 1.6 models.
There were a few special modes that were released during the life of the Saxo. This included the Open Scandal, which was a Saxo that had a sliding canvas roof that measured the length of the car. Some of the other special editions included extras being added to the lower models such as the PAS and sunroofs. The West Coast is one of the more notable models and it was offered up until the year 1999. The Furio is notable as well and was offered up until the year 2003.
Air conditioning was not an option for the Saxo that were built with right hand drive because the motor for the blower was located on the bulk head and this was on the driver’s side of the vehicle. For this reason, there was not enough space for the evaporator unless the air flow was ducted to the opposite side and the glove box was rendered obsolete. There was an aftermarket kit that was available that would do just this, but the loss in pressure made the system ineffective and noisy.
Many of the smaller cars at the time offered a standard radio system that had speakers mounted on the front doors as well as in the back quarter panels. It was quite popular to improve these symptoms by adding more speakers.
One of the more notable makeovers of the car was in the year 2000. This version was typically branded as being the MK2. The major differences were in the styling of the car. Some of the changes included headlights that were more modern, and a grille and a bonnet that was more modern looking as well. In addition, a multipoint injection engine replaced the 1.1 liter engine.