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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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1998. - 2004.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2002. - 2010.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Marketing

Dimensons & Outlines

3675 mm
1595 mm
1450 mm
235 liters
890 liters
40 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3850 mm
1670 mm
1520 mm
305 liters
1310 liters
45 liters
1998 Daihatsu Sirion
2002 Citroen C3

Engine

Daihatsu
1.3 K3-VE
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1298 cc
102 hp
120 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Peugeot / Citroen
1.4 ET3 J4
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1360 cc
90 hp
133 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
850 kg
9.6 s
180 km/h
7.6 l/100km
4.6 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
154 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1032 kg
13.0 s
177 km/h
7.6 l/100km
5.0 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
143 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
850 kg
11.1 s
170 km/h
8.6 l/100km
5.0 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 5 gears
1019 kg
14.5 s
180 km/h
7.6 l/100km
5.0 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
143 g/km

Expenses

1300 EUR
Price from
1100 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 petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Daihatsu-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 102hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 90hp 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. 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, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the French car offers a considerable difference of 21% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Daihatsu as a brand displays somewhat better results, all the models observed together. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Daihatsu, as well as Citroen, with the same average rating of 4.1 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Japanese car rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Daihatsu is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 3.4 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 180 kilometers per hour, 3km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (48 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Daihatsu 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 beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. From there things take a different direction, with Daihatsu outracing its opponent in any situation possible, making it better choice for boy racers. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Daihatsu. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. 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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