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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Small

This was one of the vehicles that revived the French brand Citroen.

After years of weak presence in Europe on the small market, the Saxo came up and saved the day. Even though it was the same vehicle as its sibling brother, the Peugeot 106, the Saxo had better success. The different styling made it more appealing to the younger generation. The promotion program made by Citroen in the motorsport arena with the Saxo-Cup boosted sales across Europe.

Small, nimble and light, the Saxo had the advantage of a well-equipped vehicle right from the start. It was launched also in a time when Renault changed its best-selling model, the Renault 5, with the new Clio.

The interior had a wide range of options. For starters, it didn't even have central locking, but on the top models there were bucket seats, air conditioning, and nice stereo systems. Also, on the top versions such as the VTS or the VTR, the light-alloy-wheels were fitted as standard.

The engine range was big, starting with a frugal 50 hp 1-liter engine and going up to a sporty and nimble Saxo VTS, with a 1.6-liter and 120 hp unit. The VTS had a 0-60 mph (97 kph) sprint time in under 8 seconds, which was a very quick time for the era. In 2004, the Saxo ceased production, leading the way for the Citroen C2.

CITROEN Saxo 3 doors 1996 - 1999 4 Photos
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CITROEN Saxo 3 doors 1996 - 1999
  6 gasoline engines
  • 1.0L 5MT (45 HP)
  • 1.1i 5MT (60 HP)
  • 1.4i 3AT (75 HP)
  • 1.4i 5MT (75 HP)
  • 1.6i 3AT (90 HP)
  • 1.6L VTS 5MT (118 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 1.5L D 5MT (58 HP)

CITROEN Saxo 3 doors 1.0L 5MT (45 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.0L 5MT (45 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
354 cm3
Power
33.1 KW @ 6000 RPM
45 HP @ 6000 RPM
44 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
55 lb-ft @ 6000 RPM
74 Nm @ 6000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
93 mph (150 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
19.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/70 TR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
63 in (1600 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.3/51.2 in (1,379/1,300 mm)
Wheelbase
93.7 in (2380 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.8 cuFT (278 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1775 lbs (805 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2690 lbs (1220 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
39.2 mpg US (6 L/100Km)

CITROEN Saxo 3 doors 1.1i 5MT (60 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.1i 5MT (60 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1124 cm3
Power
44 KW @ 6200 RPM
60 HP @ 6200 RPM
59 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
65 lb-ft @ 3800 RPM
88 Nm @ 3800 RPM
Fuel System
Monopoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
100.7 mph (162 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/70 TR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
63 in (1600 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.3/51.2 in (1,379/1,300 mm)
Wheelbase
93.7 in (2380 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.8 cuFT (278 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1719.6 lbs (780 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2888.1 lbs (1310 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)
Highway
43.6 mpg US (5.4 L/100Km)
Combined
35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)

CITROEN Saxo 3 doors 1.4i 3AT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4i 3AT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1360 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 5500 RPM
75 HP @ 5500 RPM
74 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
82 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM
111 Nm @ 3400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103 mph (166 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
17 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/70 TR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
63 in (1600 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.3/51.2 in (1,379/1,300 mm)
Wheelbase
93.7 in (2380 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.8 cuFT (278 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1852 lbs (840 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2910.1 lbs (1320 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24.8 mpg US (9.5 L/100Km)
Highway
43.6 mpg US (5.4 L/100Km)
Combined
34.1 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)

CITROEN Saxo 3 doors 1.4i 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4i 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1360 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 5500 RPM
75 HP @ 5500 RPM
74 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
82 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM
111 Nm @ 3400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
108.7 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/70 TR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
63 in (1600 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.3/51.2 in (1,379/1,300 mm)
Wheelbase
93.7 in (2380 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.8 cuFT (278 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1796.8 lbs (815 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2910.1 lbs (1320 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24.8 mpg US (9.5 L/100Km)
Highway
43.6 mpg US (5.4 L/100Km)
Combined
34.1 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)

CITROEN Saxo 3 doors 1.6i 3AT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6i 3AT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1587 cm3
Power
66 KW @ 5600 RPM
90 HP @ 5600 RPM
89 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
100 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
135 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
109.4 mph (176 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/65 TR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
63 in (1600 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.3/51.2 in (1,379/1,300 mm)
Wheelbase
93.7 in (2380 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.8 cuFT (278 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1995.2 lbs (905 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3042.8 lbs (1380 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
30.9 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)

CITROEN Saxo 3 doors 1.6L VTS 5MT (118 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L VTS 5MT (118 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1587 cm3
Power
86.8 KW @ 6600 RPM
118 HP @ 6600 RPM
116 BHP @ 6600 RPM
Torque
107 lb-ft @ 5200 RPM
145 Nm @ 5200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
127 mph (204 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 TR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
63 in (1600 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.3/51.2 in (1,379/1,300 mm)
Wheelbase
93.7 in (2380 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.8 cuFT (278 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2061 lbs (935 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3042 lbs (1380 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.6 mpg US (11.4 L/100Km)
Highway
37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)
Combined
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)

CITROEN Saxo 3 doors 1.5L D 5MT (58 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L D 5MT (58 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1527 cm3
Power
43 KW @ 5000 RPM
58 HP @ 5000 RPM
58 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
70 lb-ft @ 2250 RPM
95 Nm @ 2250 RPM
Fuel System
Indirect Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
98.2 mph (158 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
18.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 TR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
63 in (1600 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.3/51.2 in (1,379/1,300 mm)
Wheelbase
93.7 in (2380 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.8 cuFT (278 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1907 lbs (865 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3020.3 lbs (1370 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
34.1 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)
Highway
54.7 mpg US (4.3 L/100Km)
Combined
44.4 mpg US (5.3 L/100Km)
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