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1996. - 2003.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
1999. - 2003.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door


Dimensons & Outlines

3845 mm
1575 mm
1380 mm
250 liters
900 liters
40 liters
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3718 mm
1595 mm
1379 mm
280 liters
953 liters
45 liters
1996 Suzuki Swift
1999 Citroen Saxo


1.3 G13BA
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1298 cc
68 hp
99 Nm
Peugeot / Citroen
1.4 TU3 F2/K
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1360 cc
75 hp
111 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
785 kg
13.0 s
165 km/h
7.8 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
141 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
835 kg
11.2 s
175 km/h
8.8 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
167 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 3 gears
815 kg
156 km/h
9.4 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
7.4 l/100km
177 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 3 gears
855 kg
17.0 s
166 km/h
10.5 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
7.9 l/100km
195 g/km


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Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the city car segment and utilize the same 5-door hatchback body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Suzuki-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 68hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 75hp engine designed by Peugeot.


The fact that the Citroen got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, doesn't actually do much for it, as it's still a lousy 2-star coffin on wheels. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the city car segment, which is generally not a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the French car offers a marginal difference of 6% more metal.


I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Suzuki as a brand displays somewhat better results, all the models observed together. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Suzuki with an average rating of 4.5, and models under the Citroen badge with 4.1 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Swift as average reliability-wise, and Saxo is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Japanese car rank it on average as 3.3, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Citroen is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 175 kilometers per hour, 10km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 6.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (46 mpg), in combined cycle.


Suzuki appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the French car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Citroen being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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