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1997 Citroen Xsara vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 1997 Citroen Xsara is newer by 23 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1974 Renault 12. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1974 Renault 12 would be higher. At 1,360 cc (4 cylinders), 1997 Citroen Xsara is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1997 Citroen Xsara (74 HP) has 21 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP). In normal driving conditions, 1997 Citroen Xsara should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1997 Citroen Xsara weights approximately 70 kg more than 1974 Renault 12. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. 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, 1997 Citroen Xsara (110 Nm @ 3400 RPM) has 14 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1997 Citroen Xsara will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1997 Citroen Xsara 1974 Renault 12
Make Citroen Renault
Model Xsara 12
Year Released 1997 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1360 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 74 HP 53 HP
Torque 110 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 3400 RPM 3000 RPM
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1020 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4170 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1410 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2450 mm


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