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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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2004. - 2008.
D - Large family car
hatchback, 5 door
Front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2004. - 2009.
D - Large family car
hatchback, 5 door
Front

Dimensons & Volumes

4750 mm
1770 mm
1480 mm
471 liters
1315 liters
66 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4572 mm
1769 mm
1462 mm
560 liters
1350 liters
55 liters

Engine

Peugeot / Citroen
1.8 EW7A 2
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1749 cc
127 hp
170 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
1.8 TFSI CDAA
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1798 cc
160 hp
250 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1352 kg
11.4 s
201 km/h
10.4 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
180 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1300 kg
8.1 s
223 km/h
10.1 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
7.4 l/100km
176 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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km/h
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l/100km
l/100km
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
l/100km
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Expenses

2100 EUR
196 - 228 EUR
Price from
Tax
2900 EUR
222 - 258 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 large 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 127hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 160hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

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 Citroen being a slightly better choice apparently. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the French car offers a marginal difference of 4% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Škoda 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 with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Škoda badge with 4.4 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed C5 15% below average, and Octavia those same 15% above the first one. 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 4.2 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Škoda is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 3.3 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 223 kilometers per hour, 22km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 7.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (38 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Škoda 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 much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. From there things take a different direction, with Škoda outracing its opponent in any situation possible, making it better choice for boy racers. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Škoda. 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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