The Citroen Axel was a supermini car produced by the French automaker Citroen from 1986 to 1997. It was designed as an entry-level model and to compete with Renault 5, the Peugeot 205 and Fiat Uno. The first Axel had a 1.2 liter engine and manual gearbox with either three or five doors, while the second generation had a 1.4 liter engine and three or five-door body styles. Its design was characterized by its angular lines, particularly the front light clusters, which were distinctive in their shape. The interior featured plenty of storage options, with several cubby holes and compartments for convenience.
The performance characteristics of the Axel were competitive for its class; it was able to reach a top speed of 145 km/h, while the handling was described as precise and responsive. Fuel consumption was also good, and the car provided decent value for money.
The Axel was offered in various trim levels; four door models had power steering, central locking and tinted glass as standard features. It came with an array of safety features such as anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger airbags, and seat belt pretensioners. Read more
The Axel enjoyed significant success in the European market thanks to its combination of style, performance, safety features and affordability. It was particularly popular in France, where it became the best selling car of 1992. Production of the Citroen Axel ceased in 1997 after a total of 1.2 million units were sold during its 11-year production run.
Today, the Axel is regarded as a classic and can be seen at various car events and classic car shows across Europe. It retains a loyal fan following thanks to its unique design, performance characteristics and affordability compared to other models of its era. The Axel remains an iconic example of French engineering and design.