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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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2007. - 2016.
A - Micro car
cabriolet, 2 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2010. - 2014.
B - City car
cabriolet, 2 door
front

Marketing

Dimensons & Outlines

3546 mm
1627 mm
1488 mm
185 liters
610 liters
35 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3948 mm
1715 mm
1458 mm
245 liters
245 liters
50 liters
2007 FIAT 500 C
2010 Citroen DS3 Cabrio

Engine

Petrol
2 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
875 cc
85 hp
145 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Peugeot / Citroen
1.2 EB2
Petrol
3 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1199 cc
82 hp
116 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
930 kg
11.0 s
173 km/h
4.9 l/100km
3.7 l/100km
4.1 l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1007 kg
12.5 s
172 km/h
5.6 l/100km
4.1 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
109 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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km/h
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l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
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Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
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Expenses

3450 EUR
Price from
3800 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

We are here considering two somewhat similar cars, but we can't deny some of the obvious differences. For a start, they are not even classified under the same segment, with the FIAT being a micro car and the Citroen representing city car vehicle class. The first one has a FIAT-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 2-cylinder, 8-valves 85hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 3-cylinder, 12-valves 82hp engine designed by Peugeot.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. The second vehicle is a city car and that gives it a marginal advantage over the micro car competitor, at least that's what statistics show. Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the French car offers a marginal difference of 8% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that FIAT does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of FIAT with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the Citroen badge with 4.1 out of 5. Independent research findings rank 500 as average reliability-wise, and DS3 is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the Italian car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.3 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

FIAT is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.5 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 173 kilometers per hour, 1km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Italian car, averaging around 4.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (69 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 15% difference compared to the French car.


Verdict

FIAT 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 significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. From there things take a different direction, with FIAT being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but FIAT. 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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