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2001. - 2005. Production 2001. - 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 4419 mm
1702 mm
Width 1757 mm
1447 mm
Height 1510 mm
520 liters
Boot (min) 503 liters
1580 liters
Boot (max) 1540 liters
55 liters
Fuel tank 60 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 1244 kg
11.3 s
Acc. 0-100 11.4 s
185 km/h
Top speed 182 km/h
9.4 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.9 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.3 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.7 l/100km
163 g/km
CO2 emissions 178 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
automatic - 4 gears
1227 kg
Vehicle weight 1280 kg
12.5 s
Acc. 0-100 13.4 s
176 km/h
Top speed 180 km/h
11.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 11.2 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.4 l/100km
8.2 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.3 l/100km
196 g/km
CO2 emissions 194 g/km
Expenses
1450 EUR
Price from 1550 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

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. 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. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the French car offers a marginal difference of 5% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, 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 Peugeot badge with 4.3 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Focus 39% above average, and 307 32% below the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by 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

Ford is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 185 kilometers per hour, 3km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the American car, averaging around 6.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (42 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 13% difference compared to the French car.

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 French car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Ford offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. 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 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 thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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