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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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1998. - 2002.
D - Large family car
hatchback, 5 door
Front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1998. - 2001.
D - Large family car
hatchback, 5 door
Front

Dimensons & Volumes

4524 mm
1755 mm
1380 mm
480 liters
1418 liters
65 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4508 mm
1752 mm
1433 mm
452 liters
1334 liters
66 liters

Engine

Peugeot / Citroen
1.9 XUD9 TE/Y
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1905 cc
90 hp
196 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1870 cc
100 hp
200 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1287 kg
14.1 s
177 km/h
9.3 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
6.9 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
1285 kg
12.5 s
185 km/h
7.2 l/100km
4.6 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
146 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1311 kg
15.8 s
175 km/h
11.5 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1335 kg
13.5 s
185 km/h
8.7 l/100km
4.9 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
g/km

Expenses

1000 EUR
125 - 185 EUR
Price from
Tax
450 EUR
140 - 203 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, 8-valves 100hp 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 Renault being a slightly better choice apparently. 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, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, Xantia offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Renault 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 Renault badge with 4.1 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Xantia as average reliability-wise, and Laguna is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Xantia rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.5 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Renault is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.6 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 Laguna, averaging around 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (51 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 25% difference compared to Xantia.

Verdict

Renault 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, Laguna offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Renault 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 Renault. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. 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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