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1998. - 2002. Production 1998. - 2001.
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 4508 mm
1755 mm
Width 1752 mm
1380 mm
Height 1433 mm
480 liters
Boot (min) 452 liters
1418 liters
Boot (max) 1334 liters
65 liters
Fuel tank 66 liters
Engine
Peugeot / Citroen
1.9 XUD9 TE/Y
Renault
1.9 F9Q-T752
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1905 cc
Displacement 1870 cc
90 hp
Power 100 hp
196 Nm
Torque 200 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1287 kg
Vehicle weight 1285 kg
14.1 s
Acc. 0-100 12.5 s
177 km/h
Top speed 185 km/h
9.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.2 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.6 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.5 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 146 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
automatic - 4 gears
1311 kg
Vehicle weight 1335 kg
15.8 s
Acc. 0-100 13.5 s
175 km/h
Top speed 185 km/h
11.5 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 8.7 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.9 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.3 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
1000 EUR
Price from 1000 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. 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, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Xantia 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 Renault does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. 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. Some independent research have also placed Xantia as average reliability-wise, and Laguna is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as Xantia rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 2.3 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

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, 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. 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™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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