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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
Ford / Peugeot
3.0 AJD-V6
Volkswagen
2.0 TDI BMN
Diesel Fuel Diesel
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Bi-Turbo Aspiration Turbo
2993 cc
Displacement 1968 cc
241 hp
Power 170 hp
450 Nm
Torque 350 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
kg
Vehicle weight 1385 kg
s
Acc. 0-100 8.4 s
km/h
Top speed 225 km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.9 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.8 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.9 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 155 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 6 gears
1738 kg
Vehicle weight 1405 kg
7.9 s
Acc. 0-100 8.4 s
242 km/h
Top speed 223 km/h
10.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 8.4 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.9 l/100km
7.4 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.0 l/100km
195 g/km
CO2 emissions 159 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 diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a Ford-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 241hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 170hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, 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, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the French car offers a considerable difference of 25% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Škoda 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 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. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the French car rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Citroen 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 242 kilometers per hour, 17km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Czech car, averaging around 5.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (48 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 25% 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. It all continues in the same direction, with Citroen offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. 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 thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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