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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2011. -
B - City car
hatchback, 3 door
Front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2010. - 2014.
B - City car
hatchback, 3 door
Front

Dimensons & Volumes

4278 mm
1808 mm
1486 mm
310 liters
310 liters
55 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3948 mm
1715 mm
1458 mm
285 liters
980 liters
50 liters

Engine

Volkswagen
1.4 TFSI CDGA
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1390 cc
150 hp
240 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Peugeot / BMW
1.4 Prince EP3
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1397 cc
95 hp
136 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1272 kg
8.7 s
203 km/h
7.1 l/100km
5.0 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
134 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1050 kg
11.8 s
184 km/h
7.6 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
134 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 7 gears
1273 kg
8.7 s
203 km/h
6.6 l/100km
4.9 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
127 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km

Expenses

9700 EUR
176 - 219 EUR
Price from
Tax
4900 EUR
155 - 188 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 Volkswagen-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 150hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 95hp engine designed by Peugeot.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. 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 German car offers a considerable difference of 21% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Volkswagen, as well as Citroen, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Beetle 15% above average, and DS3 those same 15% below the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the German car rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.6 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Volkswagen is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 3.1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 203 kilometers per hour, 19km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (49 mpg), in combined cycle.

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, the German car offers significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. It all continues in the same direction, with Volkswagen outracing its opponent in any situation possible, making it better choice for boy racers. Fuel consumption is more or less the same. It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the Volkswagen. 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. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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