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2008. - 2010. Production 2008. - 2013.
D - Large family car Vehicle class D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door Body style sedan, 4 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Dimensons & Volumes
4779 mm
Length 4830 mm
1860 mm
Width 1858 mm
1458 mm
Height 1498 mm
439 liters
Boot (min) 500 liters
439 liters
Boot (max) 1010 liters
71 liters
Fuel tank 70 liters
Peugeot / BMW
1.6 Prince EP6CDT
Opel / General Motors
1.6 Z16LET
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1598 cc
Displacement 1598 cc
156 hp
Power 180 hp
240 Nm
Torque 230 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1446 kg
Vehicle weight 1470 kg
9.5 s
Acc. 0-100 8.9 s
210 km/h
Top speed 225 km/h
9.8 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.7 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.4 l/100km
7.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.0 l/100km
167 g/km
CO2 emissions 164 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
1490 kg
Vehicle weight kg
9.8 s
Acc. 0-100 s
210 km/h
Top speed km/h
11.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
5.8 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
7.7 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
179 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
5999 EUR
Price from 6999 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


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 4-door sedan 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 156hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 180hp engine designed by Opel.


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 large family car segment, which is generally a 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, the German car offers a marginal difference of 2% more metal.


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, as well as Opel, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. The same official information place C5 41% below average, and Insignia 25% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the French car rank it on average as 4.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 5.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Opel 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 225 kilometers per hour, 15km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 7.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (40 mpg), in combined cycle.


Opel 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 German car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Opel offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Opel. 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. 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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