1998 Citroen Xsara vs. 2012 Honda Fit

To start off, 2012 Honda Fit is newer by 14 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 1,585 cc (4 cylinders), 1998 Citroen Xsara is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Honda Fit (117 HP @ 6600 RPM) has 28 more horse power than 1998 Citroen Xsara. (89 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Honda Fit should accelerate faster than 1998 Citroen Xsara. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Honda Fit weights approximately 32 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, 2012 Honda Fit (144 Nm @ 4800 RPM) has 7 more torque (in Nm) than 1998 Citroen Xsara. (137 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2012 Honda Fit will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1998 Citroen Xsara. 1998 Citroen Xsara has automatic transmission and 2012 Honda Fit has manual transmission. 2012 Honda Fit 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 2012 Honda Fit
Make Citroen Honda
Model Xsara Fit
Year Released 1998 2012
Body Type Hatchback Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1585 cc 1500 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 89 HP 117 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 6600 RPM
Torque 137 Nm 144 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4800 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Automatic 5-speed manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1100 kg 1132 kg
Vehicle Length 4170 mm 4105 mm
Vehicle Width 1710 mm 1694 mm
Vehicle Height 1410 mm 1524 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2499 mm