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2008. - 2010. Production 2007. - 2010.
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 4801 mm
1860 mm
Width 1811 mm
1483 mm
Height 1445 mm
505 liters
Boot (min) 508 liters
1462 liters
Boot (max) 1593 liters
71 liters
Fuel tank 66 liters
Engine
Ford / Peugeot
3.0 AJD-V6
Renault / Nissan
2.0 dCi M9R 178
Diesel Fuel Diesel
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Bi-Turbo Aspiration Turbo
2993 cc
Displacement 1995 cc
241 hp
Power 178 hp
450 Nm
Torque 400 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
kg
Vehicle weight 1488 kg
s
Acc. 0-100 8.9 s
km/h
Top speed 215 km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) 8.6 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.5 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.6 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 174 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
1738 kg
Vehicle weight kg
7.9 s
Acc. 0-100 s
242 km/h
Top speed km/h
10.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
5.8 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
7.4 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
195 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
5999 EUR
Price from 4600 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 178hp engine designed by Renault.

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 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 it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Citroen C5 offers a considerable difference of 17% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Renault does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Citroen, as well as Renault, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank C5 41% below average, and Laguna 52% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with 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 undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 242 kilometers per hour, 27km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Laguna, averaging around 6.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (43 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 12% difference compared to Citroen C5.

Verdict

Renault 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 significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. It all continues in the same direction, with Citroen being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Renault. 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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