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2008. - 2010. Production 2008. - 2010.
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 4691 mm
1860 mm
Width 1811 mm
1458 mm
Height 1447 mm
439 liters
Boot (min) 407 liters
439 liters
Boot (max) 407 liters
71 liters
Fuel tank 66 liters
Engine
Ford / Peugeot
3.0 AJD-V6
Ford / Peugeot
2.7 AJD-V6
Diesel Fuel Diesel
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Bi-Turbo Aspiration Turbo
2993 cc
Displacement 2720 cc
241 hp
Power 204 hp
450 Nm
Torque 450 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - gears
manual gearbox - gears
kg
Vehicle weight kg
s
Acc. 0-100 s
km/h
Top speed km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 6 gears
1741 kg
Vehicle weight 1635 kg
7.9 s
Acc. 0-100 8.5 s
243 km/h
Top speed 230 km/h
10.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 11.7 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.5 l/100km
7.4 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.4 l/100km
195 g/km
CO2 emissions 223 g/km
Expenses
5999 EUR
Price from 5150 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. Both the engines are Ford-engineered . The first one has a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 241hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 204hp one.

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 that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, Citroen C5 offers a marginal difference of 6% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Peugeot does have a slight advantage, 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 Peugeot badge with 4.3 out of 5. The same official information place C5 41% below average, and 407 22% above the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as Citroen C5 rank it on average as 3.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Citroen 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 243 kilometers per hour, 13km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Citroen C5, averaging around 7.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (38 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 14% difference compared to 407.

Verdict

Peugeot is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. 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, Citroen C5 offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Citroen offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the 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. 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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