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2008 Citroen Xsara vs. 2003 Vauxhall Frontera

To start off, 2008 Citroen Xsara is newer by 5 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2003 Vauxhall Frontera. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2003 Vauxhall Frontera would be higher. At 3,165 cc (6 cylinders), 2003 Vauxhall Frontera is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 Vauxhall Frontera (203 HP @ 5400 RPM) has 89 more horse power than 2008 Citroen Xsara. (114 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2003 Vauxhall Frontera should accelerate faster than 2008 Citroen Xsara. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 Vauxhall Frontera weights approximately 400 kg more than 2008 Citroen Xsara. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2003 Vauxhall Frontera is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2008 Citroen Xsara. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2003 Vauxhall Frontera will offer significantly more control. 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, 2003 Vauxhall Frontera (290 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 130 more torque (in Nm) than 2008 Citroen Xsara. (160 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 2003 Vauxhall Frontera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2008 Citroen Xsara. 2003 Vauxhall Frontera has automatic transmission and 2008 Citroen Xsara has manual transmission. 2008 Citroen Xsara will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2003 Vauxhall Frontera will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

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2008 Citroen Xsara 2003 Vauxhall Frontera
Make Citroen Vauxhall
Model Xsara Frontera
Year Released 2008 2003
Body Type Hatchback SUV
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1749 cc 3165 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 114 HP 203 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5400 RPM
Torque 160 Nm 290 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Front 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Doors 5 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1320 kg 1720 kg
Vehicle Length 4280 mm 4280 mm
Vehicle Width 1760 mm 1800 mm
Vehicle Height 1640 mm 1710 mm
Wheelbase Size 2770 mm 2470 mm


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