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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
2.0 EW10 A 2
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1997 cc
143 hp
200 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
2.0 FSI AXW
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1984 cc
150 hp
200 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1369 kg
10.1 s
210 km/h
11.1 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
190 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1285 kg
9.3 s
213 km/h
10.1 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
7.2 l/100km
242 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1423 kg
11.2 s
207 km/h
12.4 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
8.6 l/100km
206 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 6 gears
1310 kg
10.1 s
210 km/h
11.8 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
8.3 l/100km
198 g/km

Expenses

2100 EUR
196 - 228 EUR
Price from
Tax
2900 EUR
196 - 228 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 143hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 150hp 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. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the French car offers a marginal difference of 7% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Škoda does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. These are the official statistics, 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. The same official information place C5 15% below average, and Octavia those same 15% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the French car rank it on average as 4.3, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.7 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Škoda is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 213 kilometers per hour, 3km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Czech car, averaging around 7.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (39 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 11% difference compared to the French car.

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 offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. 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. 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, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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