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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2004. - 2008.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2002. - 2006.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Marketing

Dimensons & Outlines

4270 mm
1769 mm
1460 mm
350 liters
350 liters
60 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4209 mm
1777 mm
1457 mm
330 liters
1190 liters
60 liters
2004 Citroen C4
2002 Renault Megane

Engine

Peugeot / Citroen
2.0 EW10 J4 (RFN)
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1997 cc
136 hp
190 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Renault
2.0 F4R
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1998 cc
136 hp
191 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1237 kg
10.1 s
207 km/h
11.3 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
7.8 l/100km
186 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1225 kg
9.2 s
200 km/h
10.9 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
191 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1267 kg
11.3 s
206 km/h
11.7 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
8.1 l/100km
193 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1240 kg
10.9 s
194 km/h
11.8 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
201 g/km

Expenses

1200 EUR
Price from
900 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 small family 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 Peugeot-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 136hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 136hp 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 same number of safety stars gained in the process. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Citroen C4 offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Renault does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, 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 C4 as average reliability-wise, and Megane is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Citroen C4 rank it on average as 4.2, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.6 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Renault is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.9 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 200 kilometers per hour, 7km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 7.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (36 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Citroen 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, Citroen C4 offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Renault offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Citroen. 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. 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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