Nobody could have expected Citroen, in the very first event of its first full World Rally Championship season with the Xsara WRC, to achieve a triumphant 1-2-3 placing in the gruelling Monte Carlo Rally.
However, that’s just what happened as Sébastien Loeb brought his Xsara WRC home in first place whilst, making their competitive debuts in the Xsara, Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz completed Citroen’s astonishing result.
And in the UK, aspiring Colin McRaes searching for an involved, sporty driving experience can also be winners, with the storming Xsara VTS, on which the Xsara WRC is based, available from just £15,495 including the current £1,000 cashback offer.
The powerful 2.0i 16V VTS offers plenty of excitement and fast, dynamic handling thanks to its 167hp engine, which accelerates the VTS to 62mph from standing in just 8.0 seconds and up to a maximum speed of 137mph. Unlike the WRC version, it also comes with four airbags, automatic air conditioning, anti-theft alarm and a CD player as standard!
Citroen’s cashback deal means that the Xsara VTS’ stablemate, the VTR, is available from as little as £10,595. The spirited 110hp 1.6i 16V VTR is quick off the mark too, with a top speed of 122mph and a 0-62 mph time of 9.6 seconds, while its diesel cousin, the 2.0HDi VTR offers the same power output and similar performance figures while returning an unrally-like fuel consumption figure of some 67mpg in motorway driving.Published 28 January 2003