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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Mini

At the beginning of the '80s, Citroen needed a car to compete in the European compact class.

In time, its dimensions downgraded the car into the small class. It did it with a Peugeot-based hatchback named Visa.

The Citroen Visa was created to replace the Ami, which was launched in 1961 and it was already old. Its design was not suitable anymore for a market that discovered the hatchback bodywork and its advantages, from the Renault 16. The first generation of the VW Golf appeared in the '70s.

The Visa was built on the same platform as the Peugeot 104. The wedged shape vehicle featured twin-round headlights and a grille with horizontal slats between them. An additional grille was incorporated under the bumper, to improve the cooling of the air-cooled engine.

The five-door bodywork offered enough room for five adult passengers and an average-sized trunk. As a strange feature, the hand-brake was for the front wheels and the spare-wheel was placed on top of the engine. Depending on the trim level, the Visa was offered with a stereo and a rear wiper.

Under the hood, the Visa was offered with a choice of gasoline or diesel engines. The former was offered with either a twin-cylinder or a flat-four, while for the latter only a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated diesel was available.

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CITROEN Visa 1981 - 1988
  6 gasoline engines
  • 0.7L 4MT (35 HP)
  • 1.1L 4MT (50 HP)
  • 1.2L 4MT (64 HP)
  • 1.4L 4MT (60 HP)
  • 1.4L 5MT (80 HP)
  • 1.6L 5MT (105 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 1.8L 4MT (60 HP)

CITROEN Visa 0.7L 4MT (35 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  0.7L 4MT (35 HP)
Cylinders
H2
Displacement
652 cm3
Power
25.7 KW @ 5500 RPM
35 HP @ 5500 RPM
34 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
35 lb-ft @ 3750 RPM
48 Nm @ 3750 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10.6 gallons (40.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
77.7 mph (125 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
29.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
135SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
60.6 in (1539 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.8/48.8 in (1,290/1,240 mm)
Wheelbase
95.7 in (2431 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.2 in (132 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.6 cuFT (300 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1598.4 lbs (725 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2403 lbs (1090 kg)

CITROEN Visa 1.1L 4MT (50 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.1L 4MT (50 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1124 cm3
Power
36 KW @ 5500 RPM
49 HP @ 5500 RPM
48 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
60 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
81 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10.6 gallons (40.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
87 mph (140 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
16.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
135SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
60.6 in (1539 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.8/48.8 in (1,290/1,240 mm)
Wheelbase
95.7 in (2431 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.2 in (132 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.6 cuFT (300 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1785.7 lbs (810 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2722.7 lbs (1235 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
37.9 mpg US (6.2 L/100Km)

CITROEN Visa 1.2L 4MT (64 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.2L 4MT (64 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1219 cm3
Power
46 KW @ 6000 RPM
63 HP @ 6000 RPM
62 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
67 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
91 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10.6 gallons (40.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
96.3 mph (155 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
160/65R340
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
60.6 in (1539 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.8/48.8 in (1,290/1,240 mm)
Wheelbase
95.7 in (2431 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.2 in (132 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.6 cuFT (300 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1796.8 lbs (815 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2711.7 lbs (1230 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)

CITROEN Visa 1.4L 4MT (60 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 4MT (60 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1360 cm3
Power
44 KW @ 5000 RPM
60 HP @ 5000 RPM
59 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
77 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
105 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10.6 gallons (40.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
96.9 mph (156 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/70R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
60.6 in (1539 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.8/48.8 in (1,290/1,240 mm)
Wheelbase
95.7 in (2431 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.2 in (132 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.6 cuFT (300 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1741.7 lbs (790 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2755.8 lbs (1250 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)

CITROEN Visa 1.4L 5MT (80 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 5MT (80 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1360 cm3
Power
57 KW @ 5800 RPM
77 HP @ 5800 RPM
76 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
80 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
109 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10.6 gallons (40.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
104.4 mph (168 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
160/65R340
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
60.6 in (1539 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.8/48.8 in (1,290/1,240 mm)
Wheelbase
95.7 in (2431 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.2 in (132 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.6 cuFT (300 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1790.2 lbs (812 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2579.4 lbs (1170 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
31.7 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)

CITROEN Visa 1.6L 5MT (105 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 5MT (105 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1580 cm3
Power
77 KW @ 6250 RPM
105 HP @ 6250 RPM
103 BHP @ 6250 RPM
Torque
97 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
132 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10.6 gallons (40.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
116.8 mph (188 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60HR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
60.6 in (1539 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.8/48.8 in (1,290/1,240 mm)
Wheelbase
95.7 in (2431 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.2 in (132 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.6 cuFT (300 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1873.9 lbs (850 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2667.6 lbs (1210 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)

CITROEN Visa 1.8L 4MT (60 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L 4MT (60 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1769 cm3
Power
44 KW @ 4600 RPM
60 HP @ 4600 RPM
59 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
81 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
110 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Indirect Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
10.6 gallons (40.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
94.4 mph (152 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
60.6 in (1539 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.8/48.8 in (1,290/1,240 mm)
Wheelbase
95.7 in (2431 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.2 in (132 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.6 cuFT (300 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1873.9 lbs (850 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2866 lbs (1300 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
42.8 mpg US (5.5 L/100Km)
Highway
54.7 mpg US (4.3 L/100Km)
Combined
45.2 mpg US (5.2 L/100Km)
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