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2008. - 2010. Production 2008. - 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 4908 mm
1860 mm
Width 1858 mm
1483 mm
Height 1520 mm
505 liters
Boot (min) 540 liters
1462 liters
Boot (max) 1530 liters
71 liters
Fuel tank 70 liters
Engine
Peugeot / Ford
2.0 DW10 BTED4 / RHR
FIAT / General Motors
2.0 mJet 130
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1997 cc
Displacement 1956 cc
136 hp
Power 130 hp
320 Nm
Torque 300 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1630 kg
Vehicle weight 1610 kg
12.1 s
Acc. 0-100 11.6 s
200 km/h
Top speed 200 km/h
7.6 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.9 l/100km
4.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.9 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.0 l/100km
155 g/km
CO2 emissions 159 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 6 gears
1670 kg
Vehicle weight 1633 kg
13.3 s
Acc. 0-100 11.7 s
198 km/h
Top speed 198 km/h
10.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.5 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.7 l/100km
7.2 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.7 l/100km
191 g/km
CO2 emissions 151 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 5-door wagon 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 136hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 130hp engine designed by FIAT.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), 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, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the French car offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

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, 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. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the French car rank it on average as 4.4, 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 0.5 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 200 kilometers per hour, exactly the same as the other car does. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (47 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Opel 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, 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™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.


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