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

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2011. - 2015.
D - Large family car
hatchback, 5 door
Front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2013. -
D - Large family car
hatchback, 5 door
Rear

Dimensons & Volumes

4530 mm
1871 mm
1504 mm
465 liters
1288 liters
60 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4638 mm
1825 mm
1389 mm
480 liters
1300 liters
57 liters

Engine

Peugeot / BMW
1.6 Prince EP6CDT
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1598 cc
156 hp
240 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1997 cc
184 hp
270 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 - 6 gears
1455 kg
7.5 s
236 km/h
8.7 l/100km
5.1 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
149 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1395 kg
9.7 s
202 km/h
9.9 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
7.1 l/100km
165 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 8 gears
1480 kg
7.6 s
236 km/h
8.2 l/100km
4.9 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
142 g/km

Expenses

8900 EUR
202 - 249 EUR
Price from
Tax
23990 EUR
244 - 293 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 5-door hatchback body style within the same 'Large family car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (front for the Citroen and rear in the case of the BMW). The first one has a Peugeot-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 156hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 184hp engine designed by BMW.

Safety

The fact that the Citroen got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, puts it sky-high safety-wise, in my eyes at least. 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. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the German car offers a marginal difference of 4% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Citroen 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, as well as BMW, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank DS5 as average reliability-wise, and 4 Series Gran Coupe is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the French car rank it on average as 4.2, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.5 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 236 kilometers per hour, 34km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the German car, averaging around 6.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (44 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 11% difference compared to the French car.

Verdict

Citroen 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 BMW being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! 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. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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