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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2004. - 2007.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2004. - 2008.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

4249 mm
1753 mm
1460 mm
347 liters
1265 liters
52 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4270 mm
1769 mm
1460 mm
350 liters
350 liters
60 liters

Engine

Opel / General Motors
1.6 X16XE
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1598 cc
105 hp
150 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Peugeot / Citroen
1.6 TU5 JP4
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1587 cc
109 hp
147 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1165 kg
12.3 s
185 km/h
8.4 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
156 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1175 kg
11.9 s
194 km/h
9.5 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
7.1 l/100km
169 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1165 kg
13.3 s
185 km/h
8.4 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
156 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1249 kg
14.6 s
188 km/h
10.6 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
180 g/km

Expenses

2000 EUR
Price from
2500 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 petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Opel-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 105hp 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. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. 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? On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the French car offers a marginal difference of 1% 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, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Opel, as well as Citroen, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Astra 17% below average, and C4 22% above the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the German car rank it on average as 3.9, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.8 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Citroen is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.4 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 194 kilometers per hour, 9km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 6.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (42 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Citroen 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 French car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Citroen 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. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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