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2001. - 2005. Production 2000. - 2005.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
wagon, 5 door Body style wagon, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4454 mm
Length 4369 mm
1702 mm
Width 1705 mm
1447 mm
Height 1420 mm
520 liters
Boot (min) 517 liters
1580 liters
Boot (max) 1412 liters
55 liters
Fuel tank 54 liters
Engine
Peugeot / Citroen
1.6 TU5 JP4
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1596 cc
Displacement 1587 cc
100 hp
Power 109 hp
145 Nm
Torque 147 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1180 kg
Vehicle weight 1141 kg
11.3 s
Acc. 0-100 9.9 s
185 km/h
Top speed 196 km/h
9.4 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.3 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.5 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.9 l/100km
163 g/km
CO2 emissions 160 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
automatic - 4 gears
1227 kg
Vehicle weight 1197 kg
12.5 s
Acc. 0-100 s
176 km/h
Top speed km/h
11.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.9 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.6 l/100km
8.2 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.6 l/100km
196 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 wagon 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 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, 16-valves 109hp 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, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the American car offers a marginal difference of 3% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Ford 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 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. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the American car rank it on average as 4.7, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.4 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Citroen is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.4 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 196 kilometers per hour, 11km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 6.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (41 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Ford 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 American car offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. From there things take a different direction, with Citroen being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the Ford. 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. 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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