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The CitroŽn ZX was launched early in 1991 as the French marque's competitor in the Ford Escort class. It was available as a three- or five-door hatchback (a five-door estate was added to the range in 1993) with 1.4, 1.6 and 2.0 petrol engines as well as a 1.9 diesel. Although the 2.0 petrol unit gave strong performance matched to a finely tuned chassis to give good handling, the real star of the ZX range was always the diesel. Interior space and value for money were also good.
The downsides to the ZX range were the lack of quality feel in comparison with the VW Golf. The interior plastics and body panels felt tinny and took cheap. The petrol engines were hardly the last word in reliability but the diesel engines lasted far longer.
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