Citroen ZX (1991 – 1998) Review

Citroen ZX (1991 – 1998) At A Glance


+Dirt cheap to buy now, superb blend of assured handling and comfortable ride, Volcane and Furio versions are brilliant hot hatchbacks

-Limited luggage space, mechanical problems persist, can be hard to resell

The Citroen ZX was an additional model in the French company's line-up when it was unveiled in 1990 - designed specifically to fight the Ford Escort, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra. It slotted into the range between the AX and BX, although the overlap with the larger car was a short term situation, alleviated once the Xanta had been launched. The Bertone-styled ZX was a conventional small car by Citroen standards, with the only real technical innovations being the adjustable rear steering set-up and reclining rear seat. It might have been disappointing for Citroenistes, but the ZX was roomy, drove well, and was great value.

The engine and transmission line-up was PSA-generic, while the underpinnings would go on to greater fame underneath the Peugeot 306. For those used to Citroen Hydropneumatics, the MacPherson strut/trailing arm/torsion bar suspension set-up was ultra-conventional - but there's no denyng it was still a dynamic pacesetter, with pliant ride and excellent roadholding. Sold well in the UK on the back of low prices and great deals, but seems to have suffered from a short shelf life - especially compared with the Peugeot 306. Ahead of time for being offered in a numbeer of trims, all given their own names - of the bunch, the sporting Volcane was - and is - the most desirable.