The Saxo was a great venture for French manufacturer Citroen. A firm favourite in the old school supermini market, the Saxo was popular for its fun driving style although many complained that the interior cabin could be cramped and uncomfortable.
Citroen Saxo (1996 - 2003)
Launched in 1996, the Citroen Saxo was a positive step into the supermini market for French car manufacturer Citroen. It shared many components with the Peugeot 106, which was a development of the Citroen AX, although interior and body panels changes were consistent differences. Equipment and features were fairly sparse, with base models featuring driver''s airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, cassette players and tinted windows.
The Saxo received a style facelift in 2002, which led to newer models being branded as the MK2. Updates included modern headlights, bonnets and grilles to replace the previous square styles, with multipoint injection added to the 1.1 litre engines. Many of the changes were exterior, although little changed inside the vehicle following the update. Some higher range models received passenger-side airbags.
Citroen released a variety of special edition models, including the Open Scandal, which featured a full-length sliding canvas roof. Other special edition runs saw extras added to existing models, including sunroofs and power-assisted steering. One of the most popular modifications for Saxo owners was in-car entertainment, which was an area of the vehicle which many felt was severely lacking.
Unfortunately for Citroen the Saxo did not perform well in Euro NCAP safety testing, only achieving a two-star rating in 2000. Not long after, in 2004, production of the Saxos ceased when the new Citroen C2 was launched. The Saxo ended its seven year lifespan at a similar time to the Peugeot 106.
Citroen Saxo Engines
All Saxo models utilised engines from the PSA TU engine series, which powered the Peugeot 205 and the Citroen AX previously. This range featured five petrol options and a single diesel engine, all of which were naturally aspirated.
Although it may appear that the power outputs are low in comparison to other small hatchbacks of the time, and to similar modern superminis, the weight of the Saxo was consistently very low throughout its lifespan. This meant that the power-to-weight ratio remained high, giving owners surprisingly decent acceleration and making the car well suited for inner city driving.
Many of the engines used were older SOHC units, which resulted in low MPG figures overall. According to data even the popular small 1.1 litre engine would struggle to achieve more than 35-40 mpg when driven carefully, which doesn''t bode well for owners.
Cheap Citroen Saxo car parts
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