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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
Safety
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
Engine
Peugeot / Ford
2.0 DW10 C
FIAT / General Motors
2.0 mJet 160
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1997 cc
Displacement 1956 cc
163 hp
Power 160 hp
340 Nm
Torque 350 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1538 kg
Vehicle weight 1513 kg
10.0 s
Acc. 0-100 9.5 s
210 km/h
Top speed 218 km/h
7.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.6 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.8 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.8 l/100km
147 g/km
CO2 emissions 154 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 6 gears
1584 kg
Vehicle weight 1555 kg
10.8 s
Acc. 0-100 9.6 s
210 km/h
Top speed 215 km/h
8.9 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.9 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.3 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.7 l/100km
179 g/km
CO2 emissions 149 g/km
Expenses
5999 EUR
Price from 6999 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 4-door sedan 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, 16-valves 163hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 160hp engine designed by FIAT.

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 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, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the French car offers a marginal difference of 2% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, when all the models are taken into account. These are the official statistics, 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. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the French car rank it on average as 4.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.7 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Opel is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.5 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 218 kilometers per hour, 8km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (50 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

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 French car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Opel offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say 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. 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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