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2001. - 2005. Production 2000. - 2005.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door Body style hatchback, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4174 mm
Length 4188 mm
1702 mm
Width 1705 mm
1430 mm
Height 1405 mm
350 liters
Boot (min) 408 liters
1205 liters
Boot (max) 1190 liters
55 liters
Fuel tank 54 liters
Engine
Peugeot
1.9 XUD9 A
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1753 cc
Displacement 1905 cc
100 hp
Power 71 hp
220 Nm
Torque 125 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1286 kg
Vehicle weight 1134 kg
s
Acc. 0-100 15.8 s
186 km/h
Top speed 162 km/h
7.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 8.3 l/100km
4.2 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.0 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.2 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 164 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
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Vehicle weight kg
s
Acc. 0-100 s
km/h
Top speed km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
1450 EUR
Price from 1000 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 diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a Ford-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 100hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 71hp engine designed by Peugeot.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the Ford being a slightly better choice apparently. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. 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? Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the American car offers a considerable difference of 13% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Ford does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Ford with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Citroen badge with 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Focus 39% above average, and Xsara those same 39% below the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the American car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 1.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

There's not enough data for me to elaborate on the subject, I'm affraid.

Verdict

Ford is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. 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 American car beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. When it comes to performance, both vehicles provide similar experience, so I wouldn't point any of them out. Fuel consumption is more or less the same. All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Ford. 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 more than 12.000 different ones in our database.
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