Xsara Series II
1 Feb 2001
By CHRIS HARRIS
Larger, teardrop-shaped headlights denote the Xsara facelift, which also added a two three-door hatchback variants and significantly upgraded mechanicals.
The 1.8s vanished, replaced by an 83kW/150Nm 1.6-litre twin-cam 16-valve four-cylinder engine paired to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox.
It powered both the Xsara 1.6 five-door and manual-only VTR three-door ‘Coupe’, which also became the cheapest new Xsara.
Equipment levels included dual airbags, climate control air-conditioning and anti-lock brakes.
Meanwhile the Xsara 2.0 five-door hatchback now produced 102kW/194Nm in five-door hatchback mode and included stability and cruise control systems from mid-’02.
But the fastest Xsara was the 2.0 VTS three-door ‘Coupe’, using Peugeot’s 124kW/196Nm 2.0-litre engine and mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Still, sales were never strong, and it wasn’t until the radically styled, Peugeot 307-based Citroen C4 arrived in early 2005 that the company once again found its small-car styling mojo.
6th of May 2002
Citroen 2001 Xsara VTS coupeCitroen's Xsara coupe never quite captured the hearts of performance buyers
11th of April 2002
Citroen 2001 Xsara VTR coupeThe Citroen Xsara VTR and VTS Coupes were in fact merely three-door hatchbacks
23rd of November 2001
Citroen 2001 Xsara VTR coupeCitroen rather cheekily referred to its Xsara three-door hatch as a 'Coupe'
When it was new