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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

Citroen revised the Saxo lineup in 1998 and tried to offer the three-door version with different spices than the five-door, family-oriented version.

The Saxo was a badge-engineered Peugeot 106, which, in turn, was based on the Citroen AX platform. In 1998, Citroen unveiled a facelifted version for the smallest member of its family. That led to a slight increase in sales over the 1997 figures. The sales fell under 100.000 units per year only in 2003, when the car was ready to leave the market and made room for its successor, the C2.

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. In the three-door version, Citroen re-named the little Saxo as VTS and offered it only with gasoline engines, including a sportier version. In the back, the carmaker mounted a roof-spoiler at the tailgate's top to show its commitment to motorsport.


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 rounded lines and triangular-shaped vents. For the 120 hp VTR version, the carmaker installed white-dials instruments.

Under the hood, the French carmaker installed a choice of three engines. The base version was a 1.4-liter gasoline unit, while on the other tip of the scale stood the 1.6-liter, 120 hp engine that transformed the little super-mini car into a true hot-hatch.

CITROEN Saxo 3 doors VTS 1998 - 2003 2 Photos
CITROEN Saxo 3 doors VTS (1998 - 2003)CITROEN Saxo 3 doors VTS (1998 - 2003)
CITROEN Saxo 3 doors VTS 1998 - 2003
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.4i 5MT (75 HP)
  • 1.6i 5MT (120 HP)
  • 1.6i 5MT (90 HP)

CITROEN Saxo 3 doors VTS 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
109.4 mph (176 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
185/55 R14
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
2910.1 lbs (1320 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25.3 mpg US (9.3 L/100Km)
Highway
43.6 mpg US (5.4 L/100Km)
Combined
34.6 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
174 g/km

CITROEN Saxo 3 doors VTS 1.6i 5MT (120 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6i 5MT (120 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1587 cm3
Power
88 KW @ 6600 RPM
120 HP @ 6600 RPM
118 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
127.4 mph (205 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/55 HR14
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
2006.2 lbs (910 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3042.4 lbs (1380 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18.7 mpg US (12.6 L/100Km)
Highway
37.9 mpg US (6.2 L/100Km)
Combined
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
201 g/km

CITROEN Saxo 3 doors VTS 1.6i 5MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6i 5MT (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
116.2 mph (187 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/55 HR14
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
1973.1 lbs (895 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2998.3 lbs (1360 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23.8 mpg US (9.9 L/100Km)
Highway
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
Combined
32.2 mpg US (7.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
184 g/km
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