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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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1996. - 2001.
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

3735 mm
1614 mm
1445 mm
290 liters
290 liters
48 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
1205 kg
14.9 s
165 km/h
7.5 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
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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Expenses

950 EUR
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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 fact that the Citroen got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, doesn't actually do much for it, as it's still a lousy 2-star coffin on wheels. 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 it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the Italian car offers a potentially life-saving difference of 36% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that FIAT 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 FIAT, as well as Citroen, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. The same official information place Palio as average reliability-wise, and Saxo is more or less at the same level.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 a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 165 kilometers per hour, 7km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the French car, averaging around 5.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (53 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 15% difference compared to the Italian car.

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 offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. It all continues in the same direction, with FIAT offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. 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. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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