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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Small

In just two years after the model introduction, Citroen managed to sell almost half of million, and then it introduced a facelifted version and kept the selling going.

Citroen introduced the Saxo in 1996 on the same platform as the AX, and it was a badge-engineered product as the Peugeot 106. With strong, over 100,000 units per year, the little Saxo in both three or five doors was a money-maker for the French carmaker. Its sales decreased only in 2003 when its successor, the C2, replaced it.

At the front, the 1998 model featured different headlights with curved lines instead of the angular ones from the 1996 model. The grille sported a wider opening, like a smiling face, with the "double-chevron" chromed badge enlarged in the middle. On its sides, the carmaker replaced the black rubber strips with body-colored ones but kept the trim level badges on the doors. To ensure a better airflow inside the cabin, the Saxo featured pop-out rear side windows. In the back, Citroen applied the same "round-it" theme design for the taillights.

Inside, the main difference was the new steering wheel with a three-spoke design and an airbag. The non-facelifted version sported a two-spoke design. Citroen didn't see any reason to change the rest of the dashboard design, which featured the same rounded lines and triangular-shaped vents.

Under the hood, the French carmaker removed the 1.6-liter gasoline engine from the lineup and left three gasoline and one diesel version on the offer.

CITROEN Saxo 3 doors 1998 - 2003 6 Photos
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CITROEN Saxo 3 doors 1998 - 2003
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.0i 5MT (50 HP)
  • 1.1i 5MT (60 HP)
  • 1.4i 5MT (75 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 1.5L D 5MT (58 HP)

CITROEN Saxo 3 doors 1.0i 5MT (50 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.0i 5MT (50 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
954 cm3
Power
37 KW @ 6000 RPM
50 HP @ 6000 RPM
50 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
54 lb-ft @ 3700 RPM
73 Nm @ 3700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
92.5 mph (149 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
20.8 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)
Cargo Volume
9.8 cuFT (278 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1719.6 lbs (780 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2888 lbs (1310 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)
Highway
46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)
Combined
37.9 mpg US (6.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
148 g/km

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)
12.8 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)
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
27.4 mpg US (8.6 L/100Km)
Highway
44.4 mpg US (5.3 L/100Km)
Combined
36.2 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
155 g/km

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)
11.2 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)
Cargo Volume
9.8 cuFT (278 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1796.8 lbs (815 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2954.2 lbs (1340 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
26.7 mpg US (8.8 L/100Km)
Highway
45.2 mpg US (5.2 L/100Km)
Combined
36.2 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
167 g/km

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)
15.7 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)
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)
CO2 Emissions
139 g/km
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