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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
Safety
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
Engine
Peugeot / Renault
3.0 ES9 IA 2
Volkswagen
2.0 TFSI AXX
Petrol Fuel Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Turbo
2946 cc
Displacement 1984 cc
215 hp
Power 200 hp
290 Nm
Torque 280 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
kg
Vehicle weight 1350 kg
s
Acc. 0-100 7.3 s
km/h
Top speed 239 km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.2 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.9 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.5 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 175 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 6 gears
1736 kg
Vehicle weight 1370 kg
10.3 s
Acc. 0-100 7.3 s
222 km/h
Top speed 237 km/h
15.7 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.4 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.2 l/100km
10.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.7 l/100km
250 g/km
CO2 emissions 180 g/km
Expenses
5999 EUR
Price from 6600 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 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 6-cylinder, 24-valves 215hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 200hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

Safety

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, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the French car offers a considerable difference of 29% 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, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, 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. Independent research findings rank 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 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.6 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Škoda is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 3 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 239 kilometers per hour, 17km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy an obvious choice would be the Czech car, averaging around 7.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (38 mpg), in combined cycle. That's 41% 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 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! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but 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. 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™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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