Daewoo Leganza Saloon 1997-2002

Daewoo Leganza Saloon 1997-2002

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016


  • Has got plenty of space
  • Comes with lots of equipment
  • Is very affordable


  • The car lacks driver appeal
  • The reliability is questionable
  • Repairs are expensive
  • Only one engine available


The Daewoo Leganza Saloon comes well-equipped with a wide range of kit to compete with German manufacturers, but at a bargain price. Compared to other cars made by Daewoo, the Leganza is a much better car to drive. It's still not great to drive though with the steering being vague and the ride uncomfortable on all but the smoothest of roads. When the Leganza is weighed up against other cars in its range it comes in at the bottom of the pile due to its poor handling and costly repairs.

Exterior and Interior

The only engine, the 2.0-litre petrol produces 133bhp and manages a respectable 30.7mpg for a car of this size. There is the choice of either a 5 speed manual or a 4 speed automatic. The automatic does use up more fuel with the fuel efficiency dropping by 3mpg, but it is the better gearbox and the one to go for.

Performance and Economy

The Leganza isn't enjoyable to drive with the steering feeling vague and the ride quality being extremely poor and uncomfortable. The noise levels in the car are also horrendous with pretty much all the wind, road and engine noise being carried through to the cabin. The manual gearbox is also dreadful with you constantly hunting for the gears. This is not a smooth and refined car and will nowhere near match its German competitors.

Like to Drive

Although there have been no recalls on the Leganza (a rarity for a Daewoo) there have been some serious problems with the car. Reliability surveys carried out show that most of the problems are with the cars engine and the manual gearbox. Both of these issues will cost a lot to repair as well. Daewoo's repair costs are also higher than most of its rivals so you are likely to be forking out a substantial amount if you're unfortunate.

Faults and Repairs