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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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2009. - 2013.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2010. - 2015.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

4315 mm
1768 mm
1458 mm
341 liters
1166 liters
55 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4329 mm
1789 mm
1489 mm
408 liters
1183 liters
60 liters

Engine

Volkswagen
1.4 16v
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1390 cc
85 hp
132 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 - 5 gears
1150 kg
14.1 s
172 km/h
8.4 l/100km
5.1 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
147 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1175 kg
11.9 s
182 km/h
8.2 l/100km
4.9 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
140 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

4000 EUR
Price from
3750 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 small 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 petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Volkswagen-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 85hp 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 Citroen being a slightly better choice apparently. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the French car offers a marginal difference of 2% 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, when all the models are taken into account. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Seat with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Citroen badge with 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Leon 34% below average, and C4 those same 34% above the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the Spanish car rank it on average as 3.6, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.6 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Citroen is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 182 kilometers per hour, 10km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 6.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (46 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 French car offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. It all continues in the same direction, with Citroen 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 Citroen. 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. 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, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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