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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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1999. - 2003.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1999. - 2003.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

3835 mm
1660 mm
1480 mm
297 liters
1080 liters
47 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3718 mm
1595 mm
1379 mm
280 liters
953 liters
45 liters

Engine

Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1910 cc
80 hp
196 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Peugeot
1.5 TUD5
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1527 cc
58 hp
95 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1030 kg
12.2 s
170 km/h
6.6 l/100km
4.0 l/100km
4.9 l/100km
130 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
885 kg
15.7 s
158 km/h
6.9 l/100km
4.3 l/100km
5.3 l/100km
139 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
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CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

850 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 5-door hatchback body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a FIAT-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 80hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 58hp engine designed by Peugeot.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, with the FIAT displaying significantly better structural stability. 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, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the Italian car offers a considerable difference of 16% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that FIAT does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of FIAT, as well as Citroen, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. The same official information place Punto 19% above average, and Saxo those same 19% below the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Italian car rank it on average as 4.1, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.5 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

FIAT is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 3.5 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 170 kilometers per hour, 12km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (55 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

FIAT 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 Italian car beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. It all continues in the same direction, with FIAT outracing its opponent in any situation possible, making it better choice for boy racers. 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 FIAT. 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, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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