C'mon people. A Saxo outpacing a Golf VR6 with 174bhp, think about what your saying. I've taken a Saxo VTS to pieces in my current car, A golf MK4 TDI (115bhp). I am not doubting the VTS is a nippy wee motor, but like the previous poster said, compare it to a car in it's own league!
Saxo's..maybe okay cars 2 drive, but way, way to common and usually seen with ridiculous amonts of spoilers/exterior mods.
To be honest, for the price I've seen some Saxos at you would be much better off with a Civic or a UK spec Scooby.
Honda CRX mk1,2 +3, UK (or Japanese spec) Vti (SiR Del Sol) will not only keep up with, but slaughter a Saxo VTS on the straight or in the twisty stuff. It's more reliable too.
A CRX would smoke a VTS, straight line or twisty stuff, and it won't fall to pieces as well.
I was gonna buy a CRX before I got my VTS, but realised 90% are driven by women. Don't really want that image. But that is beside the point.
I hate having a VTS for 1 reason. Everyone hates you. Cos I'm driving one, everyone automatically expects I'm sum stupid wannabe street racer with no ability to drive. I bought a VTS simply because I wanted a car that was a bit fun for cheap money and it is.
No complaints there, but the novelty soon wore off when I realised every time I was at a set of traffic lights, some idiot was trying to race me. I mean come on, I don't mind the odd traffic light race, but not every time I leave the house! The point I'm trying to make is they are great little cars that unfortunately have suffered from a bad reputation.
I had that problem with the VTR I had. People constantly trying to race me. Funny when you leave them behind though.
If you're into cars and you're looking for a first car, then a VTR is not a bad buy.