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Car #1
Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2002. - 2008.
M - MPV
MPV, 5 door
Front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1998. - 2006.
M - MPV
MPV, 5 door
Front

Dimensons & Volumes

4726 mm
1854 mm
1856 mm
480 liters
2948 liters
80 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4890 mm
1900 mm
1735 mm
344 liters
2556 liters
75 liters

Engine

Peugeot / Renault
3.0 ES9 J4S
Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2946 cc
204 hp
285 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Rover
2.5 KV6
Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2497 cc
165 hp
222 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1736 kg
13.8 s
185 km/h
15.3 l/100km
8.9 l/100km
11.3 l/100km
265 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1759 kg
11.0 s
205 km/h
15.8 l/100km
9.0 l/100km
11.5 l/100km
275 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1751 kg
15.5 s
170 km/h
15.6 l/100km
9.1 l/100km
11.5 l/100km
269 g/km

Expenses

1200 EUR
694 - 730 EUR
Price from
Tax
1250 EUR
256 - 465 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 mpv segment and utilize the same 5-door MPV 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 204hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 165hp engine designed by Rover.

Safety

The fact that the KIA got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, doesn't actually do much for it, as it's still a lousy 2-star coffin on wheels. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the mpv 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, the French car offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, all the models observed together. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Citroen with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the KIA badge with 4.6 out of 5. Independent research findings rank C8 32% below average, and Carnival those same 32% 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 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Citroen is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 205 kilometers per hour, 20km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 11.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (25 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

KIA 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 offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. 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... 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. 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, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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