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2013. - 2016.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front
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Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2013. - 2016.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

3941 mm
1728 mm
1524 mm
287 liters
1120 liters
50 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4062 mm
1732 mm
1448 mm
443 liters
1380 liters
45 liters
2013 Citroen C3
2013 Renault Clio

Engine

Peugeot / Ford
1.6 DV6 D2
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1560 cc
92 hp
230 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Renault / Nissan
1.5 dCi K9K 612
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1461 cc
90 hp
200 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1060 kg
11.5 s
182 km/h
3.9 l/100km
3.1 l/100km
3.4 l/100km
85 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1071 kg
11.9 s
180 km/h
3.9 l/100km
3.1 l/100km
3.4 l/100km
90 g/km

Performance (automatic 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
automatic - 6 gears
1152 kg
12.9 s
175 km/h
4.3 l/100km
3.3 l/100km
3.7 l/100km
95 g/km

Expenses

4100 EUR
Price from
5000 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 5-door hatchback body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a Peugeot-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 92hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 90hp engine designed by Renault.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), 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 marginal difference of 1% 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, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Citroen, as well as Renault, with the same average rating of 4.1 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed C3 as average reliability-wise, and Clio is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Citroen C3 rank it on average as 4.2, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.7 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Citroen is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.4 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 182 kilometers per hour, 2km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 3.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (83 mpg), in combined cycle.


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 offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. From there things take a different direction, with Citroen offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. Fuel consumption is more or less the same. 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. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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