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2001 Citroen Xsara vs. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E

To start off, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E is newer by 4 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2001 Citroen Xsara. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2001 Citroen Xsara would be higher. At 3,199 cc (6 cylinders), 2005 Mercedes-Benz E is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E (221 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 115 more horse power than 2001 Citroen Xsara. (106 HP @ 4000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 2001 Citroen Xsara. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 537 kg more than 2001 Citroen Xsara. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2005 Mercedes-Benz E 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 2005 Mercedes-Benz E. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2001 Citroen Xsara, 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, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E (315 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 75 more torque (in Nm) than 2001 Citroen Xsara. (240 Nm @ 1750 RPM). This means 2005 Mercedes-Benz E will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2001 Citroen Xsara.

Compare all specifications:

2001 Citroen Xsara 2005 Mercedes-Benz E
Make Citroen Mercedes-Benz
Model Xsara E
Year Released 2001 2005
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1997 cc 3199 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 3 valves
Horse Power 106 HP 221 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 240 Nm 315 Nm
Torque RPM 1750 RPM 3000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 85 mm 89.9 mm
Engine Stroke Size 88 mm 84 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 18.0:1 10.0:1
Top Speed 190 km/hour 233 km/hour
Acceleration 0-100mph 12.4 seconds 8.5 seconds
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1248 kg 1785 kg
Vehicle Length 4190 mm 4860 mm
Vehicle Width 1710 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1410 mm 1500 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2830 mm
Fuel Consumption Overall 5.8 L/100km 10.6 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 54 L 80 L


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