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2008. - 2010. Production 2009. - 2013.
D - Large family car Vehicle class D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door Body style wagon, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Dimensons & Volumes
4829 mm
Length 4569 mm
1860 mm
Width 1769 mm
1483 mm
Height 1450 mm
505 liters
Boot (min) 605 liters
1462 liters
Boot (max) 1655 liters
71 liters
Fuel tank 55 liters
Peugeot / Citroen
1.8 EW7A 2
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Turbo
1749 cc
Displacement 1798 cc
127 hp
Power 160 hp
170 Nm
Torque 250 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1524 kg
Vehicle weight 1265 kg
12.8 s
Acc. 0-100 7.9 s
196 km/h
Top speed 222 km/h
11.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.5 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.5 l/100km
8.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.9 l/100km
192 g/km
CO2 emissions 158 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
Vehicle weight 1285 kg
Acc. 0-100 7.9 s
Top speed 222 km/h
Cons. (urban) 9.1 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.4 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.6 l/100km
CO2 emissions 155 g/km
5999 EUR
Price from 6600 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 5-door wagon 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.


Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), 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, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the French car offers a considerable difference of 20% more metal.


I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Škoda does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, 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 41% below average, and Octavia those same 41% above the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the French car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.4 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Škoda is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 4.9 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 222 kilometers per hour, 26km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Czech car, averaging around 6.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (41 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 17% difference compared to the French car.


Citroen 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 beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. 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! I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - 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. 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™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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