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2004 Citroen C3 vs. 1986 Ford Escort

To start off, 2004 Citroen C3 is newer by 18 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1986 Ford Escort. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1986 Ford Escort would be higher. At 1,751 cc (4 cylinders), 1986 Ford Escort is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Citroen C3 (88 HP @ 5250 RPM) has 29 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2004 Citroen C3 should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Citroen C3 weights approximately 85 kg more than 1986 Ford Escort. 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, 2004 Citroen C3 (133 Nm @ 3250 RPM) has 23 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2004 Citroen C3 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort. 2004 Citroen C3 has automatic transmission and 1986 Ford Escort has manual transmission. 1986 Ford Escort will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2004 Citroen C3 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2004 Citroen C3 1986 Ford Escort
Make Citroen Ford
Model C3 Escort
Year Released 2004 1986
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1360 cc 1751 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 88 HP 59 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 4800 RPM
Torque 133 Nm 110 Nm
Torque RPM 3250 RPM 2500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 75 mm 82.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 77 mm 82 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.0:1 21.5:1
Top Speed 180 km/hour 151 km/hour
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 995 kg 910 kg
Vehicle Length 3860 mm 4090 mm
Vehicle Width 1670 mm 1650 mm
Vehicle Height 1540 mm 1380 mm
Wheelbase Size 2470 mm 2520 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 45 L


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