Citroen Visa Mk2 - public domain CC0


by Mark Nobes, chief editor

The Visa was France's very own supermini and was built between 1978 and 1988. It was replaced by the AX.

The video features an early 80s TV advert for the Citroen Visa. I never owned a Visa as I wasn't old enough to drive one at the time (a good reason not to own one then!) but I did buy a Citroen AX in the early 90's, which was very reliable and economical. A tank of fuel would cost around £10 which would last me for ages!

Over 1.2 million Visas were built and there was just one facelift in 1981. Citroen were taken over by Peugeot in 1976, and the Visa was the first model built by the PSA Peugeot Citroen group. The car featured the same engine, transmission, chassis and floor pan as the Peugeot 104.

A diesel version of the Visa was introduced to the range in 1984, using the same highly-rated 1769cc XUD engine and transmission as in the Peugeot 205.

rusty old citroen visa GTi
A rusty old Citroen Visa GTi
The most exciting model in the range became a cult classic. The Visa GTi was a blindingly fast hot hatch which used the same engine as the Peugeot 205 GTi. I was fortunate enough to drive a second hand model at the local garage where I worked in the second half of the 1980s. Honestly, the acceleration scared the life out of me, mainly because the handling was poor at high speeds. 
Peugeot 104 ZS 1976 model

Public domain image of a 1976 Peugeot 104 ZS

Citroen Visa Decapotable 1985

1985 Visa Cabriolet - 80s luxury at its finest!

By unknown, affiliated with Garage de l'Est, digitally modified and uploaded by User:328cia ( [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Citroen Visa II Special from the 1980's
Citroen Visa Special

The public domain photos above are of a Citroen Visa II special. Not sure what's so special about them, though!

1986 Citroën Visa Challenger (5821987297)
By Spanish Coches (1986 Citroën Visa Challenger) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons



Yellow Citroen Visa Club 1979 (15150017538)
By order_242 from Chile (Citroen Visa Club 1979) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


03 Citroen Visa Plein Air 1984-1988 Persenning brbg 02

Now, black looks a lot smarter than the red one featured further up the page.


Just for fun, here we have someone's sister trying to reverse a Citroen Visa out of their drive. According to the uploader "My Visa driven by my sister. The engine is still fantastic, smooth and high powered!". Now, I'm not going to say anything about women drivers for fear of being lynched! It might have been okay in the 80's, but not in today's politically correct World. Whatever happened to having a sense of humour?  

Citroen Visa police Car
Citroen Visa Police Car by Lebubu93 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


VISA GT 1982
1982 Citroen Visa GT. Photo credit: Hugo90
1979 Citroën Visa Club & 1987 Citroën Visa (8791364983)


79-DSC_2129 - Citroen Visa - 4 E3 - 1600- - Melani Natalino-Adriani Carlo - Elba Racing Team
By Niels de Wit from Lunteren, The Netherlands (1979 Citroën Visa Club & 1987 Citroën Visa) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Citroen Visa Chrono (9345448106)
By Dennis Elzinga (Citroen Visa Chrono) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Citroen Visa Mk1
1980 Citroen Visa Mk1 with 652cc boxer-two engine. The question is, is it red or orange?
Photo credit: ReallyLoud
Citroën Visa - Flickr - exfordy
By Brian Snelson from Hockley, Essex, England (Citroën Visa) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Conservatoire Citroen 187 Citroen Visa Racing (10158127554)
By Klaus Nahr from Germany [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Citroen Visa rally car
Citroen Visa rally car. Photo by Visart
1986 Citroen Visa Leader Diesel (1769cc engine). Creative Commons photo.