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1998. - 2002. Production 1999. - 2002.
D - Large family car Vehicle class D - Large family car
hatchback, 5 door Body style hatchback, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4524 mm
Length 4590 mm
1755 mm
Width 1710 mm
1380 mm
Height 1430 mm
480 liters
Boot (min) 502 liters
1418 liters
Boot (max) 502 liters
65 liters
Fuel tank 64 liters
Engine
Peugeot / Citroen
1.9 XUD9 TE/Y
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1905 cc
Displacement 1998 cc
90 hp
Power 100 hp
196 Nm
Torque 230 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1287 kg
Vehicle weight 1260 kg
14.1 s
Acc. 0-100 11.5 s
177 km/h
Top speed 185 km/h
9.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 6.4 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.5 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.2 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 152 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
1311 kg
Vehicle weight kg
15.8 s
Acc. 0-100 s
175 km/h
Top speed km/h
11.5 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
6.0 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
8.0 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
1000 EUR
Price from 1100 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 hatchback 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, 8-valves 90hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 100hp engine designed by Mazda.

Safety

The fact that the Citroen 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 large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the French car offers a marginal difference of 2% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Mazda 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 Mazda badge with 4.6 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the French car rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.3 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Mazda is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.6 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 185 kilometers per hour, 8km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Japanese car, averaging around 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (54 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 33% difference compared to the French car.

Verdict

Mazda 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. From there things take a different direction, with Mazda being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Mazda. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. 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 more than 12.000 different ones in our database.
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