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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2008. - 2010.
B - City car
hatchback, 3 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2006. - 2009.
B - City car
hatchback, 3 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

3666 mm
1659 mm
1461 mm
193 liters
879 liters
41 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3986 mm
1707 mm
1493 mm
288 liters
1038 liters
55 liters

Engine

Peugeot / Citroen
1.4 ET3 J4
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1360 cc
90 hp
133 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Renault
1.4 K4J 710
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1390 cc
98 hp
127 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
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
1110 kg
11.3 s
183 km/h
8.7 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
158 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
988 kg
13.0 s
181 km/h
6.8 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
130 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
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g/km

Expenses

2500 EUR
Price from
2350 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

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 3-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 Peugeot-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 90hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 98hp engine designed by Renault.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the Renault being a slightly better choice apparently. 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, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Clio offers a considerable difference of 12% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Renault does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Citroen with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Renault badge with 4.1 out of 5. The same official information place C2 14% above average, and Clio 7% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Citroen C2 rank it on average as 4.2, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.7 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Renault is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.7 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 183 kilometers per hour, 2km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Citroen C2, averaging around 5.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (50 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 18% difference compared to Clio.

Verdict

Renault 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, Clio beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. It all continues in the same direction, with Renault being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - the Renault. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. 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, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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