Economy, drives well, more spacious than many rivals.
Styling lacks Citroën originality.
Close relative of the Peugeot 106 with a cult following thanks to cheap-to-buy-and-run hot VTR and VTS versions. Saxo lacks traditional Citroën quirkiness but it's just as nice to drive as the 106, once you get used to the offset foot pedals. Economical and willing engines, a spacious interior, and above-average ride comfort for a supermini. The two hot hatch versions - 1.6 VTR and VTS 16-valve are brilliant.
The range received a make over in late 1999 with facelifted Saxo 2 versions.