1998 Citroen Xsara vs. 2009 Ford Focus

To start off, 2009 Ford Focus is newer by 11 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1998 Citroen Xsara. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1998 Citroen Xsara would be higher. At 1,596 cc (4 cylinders), 2009 Ford Focus is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Ford Focus (105 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 16 more horse power than 1998 Citroen Xsara. (89 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2009 Ford Focus should accelerate faster than 1998 Citroen Xsara. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Ford Focus weights approximately 71 kg more than 1998 Citroen Xsara. 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, 2009 Ford Focus (145 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 8 more torque (in Nm) than 1998 Citroen Xsara. (137 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2009 Ford Focus will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1998 Citroen Xsara. 1998 Citroen Xsara has automatic transmission and 2009 Ford Focus has manual transmission. 2009 Ford Focus will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1998 Citroen Xsara will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1998 Citroen Xsara 2009 Ford Focus
Make Citroen Ford
Model Xsara Focus
Year Released 1998 2009
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1585 cc 1596 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 89 HP 105 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 137 Nm 145 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 78.5 mm 78 mm
Engine Stroke Size 82 mm 83.6 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1100 kg 1171 kg
Vehicle Length 4170 mm 4490 mm
Vehicle Width 1710 mm 2000 mm
Vehicle Height 1410 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2650 mm


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