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1959 Citroen DS vs. 1952 Jaguar XK

To start off, 1959 Citroen DS is newer by 7 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1952 Jaguar XK. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1952 Jaguar XK would be higher. At 3,441 cc (6 cylinders), 1952 Jaguar XK is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1952 Jaguar XK (158 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 84 more horse power than 1959 Citroen DS. (74 HP @ 4500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1952 Jaguar XK should accelerate faster than 1959 Citroen DS. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1959 Citroen DS weights approximately 25 kg more than 1952 Jaguar XK.

Because 1952 Jaguar XK is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1952 Jaguar XK. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1959 Citroen DS, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 1952 Jaguar XK (290 Nm) has 153 more torque (in Nm) than 1959 Citroen DS. (137 Nm). This means 1952 Jaguar XK will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1959 Citroen DS.

Compare all specifications:

1959 Citroen DS 1952 Jaguar XK
Make Citroen Jaguar
Model DS XK
Year Released 1959 1952
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1911 cc 3441 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 74 HP 158 HP
Engine RPM 4500 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 137 Nm 290 Nm
Engine Bore Size 78.1 mm 83 mm
Engine Stroke Size 100 mm 106 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1320 kg 1295 kg
Vehicle Length 5000 mm 4430 mm
Vehicle Width 1800 mm 1570 mm
Vehicle Height 1540 mm 1340 mm
Wheelbase Size 3140 mm 2600 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 63 L 63 L


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