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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2010. - 2013.
M - MPV
MPV, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2009. - 2015.
M - MPV
MPV, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Outlines

4470 mm
1830 mm
1680 mm
500 liters
1734 liters
60 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4280 mm
1768 mm
1568 mm
409 liters
1320 liters
55 liters
2010 Citroen C4 Picasso
2009 Seat Altea

Engine

Peugeot / Ford
1.6 DV6 C
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1560 cc
112 hp
260 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
1.6 TDI CAYC
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1598 cc
105 hp
250 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1525 kg
12.8 s
181 km/h
6.4 l/100km
4.5 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
135 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1350 kg
12.2 s
183 km/h
5.2 l/100km
4.1 l/100km
4.5 l/100km
114 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1581 kg
13.2 s
182 km/h
5.3 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
5.0 l/100km
130 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 7 gears
1375 kg
12.4 s
183 km/h
5.8 l/100km
4.4 l/100km
4.9 l/100km
129 g/km

Expenses

3990 EUR
Price from
4500 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 mpv segment and utilize the same 5-door MPV 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 112hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 105hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), 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 mpv segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the French car offers a considerable difference of 13% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, at least on all of the models level. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Citroen with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Seat badge with 4.4 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed C4 Picasso as average reliability-wise, and Altea is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the French car rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.6 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Seat is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.6 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 the Spanish car, averaging around 4.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (63 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 16% difference compared to the French car.


Verdict

Seat 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 Seat offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - the Seat. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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