Citroen Saxo Videos
In addition, all the sports models featured a different bodykit to the other models, commonly known as the "VT" bodykit. In 1997 the Saxo's 3 Speed Automatic Gearbox was combined with the 1.6i 8V 88 kW (90PS/89BHP) engine which was available on the Saxo SX and VSX. Then, in late 1997, the 1.6i automatic was replaced with a 1.4i 55 kW (75PS/74BHP) engine. The 1.6i was more powerful with a top speed of 176 km/h (109MPH) compared with the 1.4's top speed of 103 mph (166 km/h). Citroën carried on using the 1.4i engine on the Facelift Saxo Automatic in 1999. Due to the C3 having a 1.4i Automatic Gear Box the Saxo Automatic came to an end in March 2002, whilst the manual models were still sold right up to the end of 2003.
* 1.0 L (954 cc) TU9 I4, 50 PS (49 hp/36 kW) and 54 ft·lbf (73 N·m)
* 1.1 L (1124 cc) TU1 I4, 60 PS (59 hp/44 kW) and 69 ft·lbf (89 N·m)
* 1.4 L (1360 cc) TU3 I4, 75 PS (74 hp/55 kW) and 89 ft·lbf (121 N·m)
* 1.5 L (1527 cc) TUD5 diesel I4, 58 PS (57 hp/42 kW) and 86 ft·lbf (117 N·m)
* 1.6 L (1587 cc) TU5 I4, 90 PS (89 hp/66 kW) and 95 ft·lbf (135 N·m)
* 1.6 L (1587 cc) TU5 I4, 96 PS (98 hp/70 kW) and 97 ft·lbf (135 N·m) (Later VTR Models)
* 1.6 L (1587 cc) TU5 I4, 120 PS (118 hp/88 kW) and 107 ft·lbf (145 N·m)
The equipment list was generally sparse, with budget models having drivers air bag, seat belt pre-tensioners, cassette player, heated rear screen and tinted windows, and early mk1's with keypad immobilisers and a clock in place of a tachometer and 3 stud wheels, much like the AX. Further up the list sunroofs, PAS, Electric windows, ultrasonic alarm, passenger airbag, CD player, tachometer, front fog lights, bodykits, colour coded mirror caps and alloy wheels were added, to name a few. The 1.6L VTR and VTS Saxo's were the best equipped, with both gaining rear disc brakes as opposed to drum brakes, and ABS as an optional extra on the VTR and standard on the VTS. Few special models were released throughout the Saxo's life, most notably the "Open Scandal", a Saxo with a full length sliding canvas roof. Other special editions added certain extra's to the lower end model, such as sunroofs or PAS. Notable models are the Westcoast up to 1999 and the Furio to 2003, as they incorporated the standard Saxo bodykit found on the VTR and VTS with a more insurance friendly 1.4L engine. Air-conditioning was never an option on right-hand-drive Saxo's because the blower motor was mounted in the bulk-head on the drivers side. As a result, there was insufficient space available to accommodate the evaporator, except by first ducting the air flow to the passenger side and then at the expense of the glove-box. Although an after-market kit was available that did exactly this, the resultant pressure loss made the system noisy and ineffective. The blower motor could also not be easily relocated, since the windscreen wiper motor was mounted in the passenger side space. As with many other small cars of the time, the standard stereo system included 5.25" drivers mounted low in the front doors and 4" drivers mounted in the rear quarter panels. This set-up could be easily improved upon by mounting separate tweeters in the A-panel trims, similar to many VW models of the time. The very thin door cards and metalwork did however leave the system very 'thin' sounding, with very poor output in the upper-bass ranges. The Saxo received a style makeover at the start of the year 2000, commonly branded as a MK2, with the major differences being more modern styled headlights, bonnets and grilles to replace the square style on the MK1 and Multipoint injection replacing the single point on the 1.1L engines. PAS became standard on all but the very basic models. More subtle changes were alterations to the rear lights (the indicator sections are more "white") and the engine control unit moved from a single plug to 3 plugs. The old 3 stud wheel layout was also dropped. There was also a minor facelift during the MK1 phase of the cars production in line with the then current releases by Citroen, moving towards a rounder look. By 2003, some buyers were more attracted to the spacious and practical five-door C3. However, the 1.6 VTR and VTS models remained popular. The Saxo finally finished production in late 2003 when the three-door C2 was launched. Its twin, the Peugeot 106, also ceased production at this time. By the end of the Saxo's production life its design was 7 years old and despite this few other mini-cars were as enjoyable to drive. It also suffered poor performances along with its twin, the 106 in a 2000 EuroNCAP test, but then again so did more "respectable" cars of the same generation, such as the Polo.
The Saxo has a drag coefficient of 0.340. In addition its frontal area is 1.83m2. Giving it a CdA ft² just 6.68.The Citroen Saxo (as well as the Peugeot 106) was and still is a favourite for young drivers who have just passed their test as a first car due to low insurance (except vts version), low running costs and they are very cheap to buy. When new, the Saxo came with low finance and free insurance deals for young drivers which helped to boost its appeal to younger drivers. The Saxo is a car modifiers favourite due to this appeal with several body styling and tuning options (more so for vtr and vts versions) available with some people spending thousands of pounds on their cars. Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson once visited a cruise with the Saxo's replacement - the Citroen C2 - to find out if the C2 had the same modifying potential as the Saxo.