It wasn’t that long ago that Citroen’s Saxo was ubiquitous with young drivers in the UK. It’s a perfect example of a car that seemingly disappeared overnight.
As sister car to the Peugeot 106, the Saxo did a great job of distinguishing itself from the popular pug. At one point the Saxo VTR was the UK’s top-selling and cheapest hot hatch.
The VTR was the second-tier performance Saxo behind the 16v VTS, which in the case of this facelift car meant 100hp from a 1.6-litre, 8-valve variant of Peugeot’s long running TU engine.
At around 900kg, these are not the sturdy, crash friendly cars we see today and thus even the smallest engine Saxos were spritely and a great steer. The VTR had decent performance, and certainly felt quicker than its official figures suggest, while the VTS and its Peugeot equivalent – the106 GTI – were genuinely fast.
YT02 EUX is a clean example of a facelift VTR, and it’s a car that certainly doesn’t look like it has covered almost 140,000 miles. Its Lexus-style lights, lowered suspension and alloy wheels might not be how the car left the factory, but they do represent period modifications typical amongst Saxo owners.
Like the Peugeot 106, Citroen Saxo values are rapidly heading skywards, though it looks like a clean, original car can still be had for around £3,000. A pretty solid investment car if you ask me.
|Registration Number:||YT02 EUX|
|First registered (UK):||13 March 2002|