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

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1999. - 2003.
B - City car
hatchback, 3 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1996. - 2003.
B - City car
hatchback, 3 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

3718 mm
1595 mm
1379 mm
280 liters
953 liters
45 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3745 mm
1575 mm
1350 mm
250 liters
900 liters
40 liters

Engine

Peugeot / Citroen
1.6 TU5 JP (NFR)
Petrol
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1587 cc
90 hp
135 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Suzuki
1.3 G13BA
Petrol
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1298 cc
68 hp
99 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
895 kg
10.0 s
187 km/h
9.9 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
184 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
755 kg
13.0 s
165 km/h
7.8 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
141 g/km

Performance (automatic 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
automatic - 3 gears
785 kg
s
156 km/h
9.4 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
7.4 l/100km
177 g/km

Expenses

950 EUR
Price from
950 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 city car segment and utilize the same 3-door hatchback 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 4-cylinder, 8-valves 90hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 68hp engine designed by Suzuki.

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. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the city car segment, which is generally not a very 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 considerable difference of 19% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Suzuki as a brand displays somewhat better results, when all the models are taken into account. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Citroen with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Suzuki badge with 4.5 out of 5. The same official information place Saxo as average reliability-wise, and Swift is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the French car rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.5 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Citroen is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 3 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 187 kilometers per hour, 22km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Japanese car, averaging around 5.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (48 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 24% difference compared to the French car.

Verdict

Suzuki 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 significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. It all continues in the same direction, with Citroen outracing its opponent in any situation possible, making it better choice for boy racers. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... 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. 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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