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2002. - 2010.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front
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Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2002. - 2010.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Outlines

3822 mm
1652 mm
1428 mm
245 liters
1130 liters
50 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3850 mm
1670 mm
1520 mm
305 liters
1310 liters
45 liters
2002 Peugeot 206
2002 Citroen C3

Engine

Peugeot
2.0 DW10 TD
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1997 cc
90 hp
205 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Peugeot / Ford
1.4 DV4 TED4
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1398 cc
92 hp
200 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1045 kg
11.5 s
180 km/h
6.6 l/100km
4.1 l/100km
5.0 l/100km
136 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1047 kg
11.9 s
183 km/h
5.3 l/100km
3.7 l/100km
4.3 l/100km
112 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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Expenses

650 EUR
Price from
820 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 5-door hatchback body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific diesel engine choice they offer. Both the engines are Peugeot-engineered . The first one has a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 90hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 92hp one.

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 same number of safety stars gained in the process. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the city car segment, which is generally not a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, Citroen C3 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 Peugeot does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Peugeot with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the Citroen badge with 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed 206 as average reliability-wise, and C3 is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as 206 rank it on average as 4.3, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 5.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Peugeot is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.4 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 180 kilometers per hour, 3km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Citroen C3, averaging around 4.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (66 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 16% difference compared to 206.


Verdict

Peugeot 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, Citroen C3 offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Peugeot offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the Citroen. 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, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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