The number of options and unusual sizing designations make wheel shopping more confusing than it has to be. Buying new wheels for a Citroen Xsara involves considering the car's bolt pattern, rim materials, and wheel size. By taking the top 3 considerations into account, car owners can find wheels that look great and improve the handling of their Xsaras.
Bolt Pattern for the Citroen Xsara
The bolt pattern is the only fixed characteristic of a car's wheel, meaning the owner does not have a choice in the matter. The Xsara has a 4x108 bolt pattern for all model years from 1999 to 2012. This pattern means that four bolt holes spread evenly around a circle with a diameter of 108 mm. Moreover, it is also the same for the Citroen Picasso version, regardless of engine type. This is arguably the most important consideration since a wheel with the wrong pattern cannot fit onto the Citroen.
Rim materials include steel, aluminium, magnesium alloys, and chrome, as well as a few high-end materials like titanium. Steel wheels are the heaviest and most affordable, as well as the most suited to off-road driving. Aluminium alloys are lightweight and strong, making them perfect for performance and racing. They also improve the handling of a vehicle and dissipate heat better, making the brakes more responsive. Chrome wheels essentially provide aesthetic benefits, but they are a practical choice for those who live in cold areas. Chrome resists corrosion and withstands extreme temperatures better than most alloy wheels. All of these rim materials are available for the Citroen Xsara. The best choice depends on the owner's budget, needs, and style preferences.
The OEM wheel size for Citroen Xsaras of all model years is 6x15 ET18 with just a few exceptions. Older models from 1997 through 2000 with a 1.4 litre engine have slightly smaller 5.5x14 ET24 wheels. Owners can opt for the same sizes as the OEM wheel or choose to increase the rim diameter slightly and decrease the tyre sidewall height. Reasons to choose a larger rim are mainly for looks, although small changes also improve cornering, braking, and steering performance. On the other hand, upsizing the rim makes for a rougher ride since the tyre does not cushion as much of the roughness of the road. Also, larger rims weigh more and may affect the acceleration and fuel economy to some degree. To upsize the 6x15 ET18 wheel by an inch, choose a 6.5x16 ET18 wheel and change to 205/50 R16 tyres. To upsize the 5.5x14 ET24 wheels, choose a 6.5x15 ET19 rim and change to 195/55 R15 tyres.