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2006. - 2008. Production 2008. - 2010.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door Body style hatchback, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
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4209 mm
Length 4270 mm
1777 mm
Width 1769 mm
1457 mm
Height 1460 mm
330 liters
Boot (min) 350 liters
1190 liters
Boot (max) 350 liters
60 liters
Fuel tank 60 liters
Engine
Renault
1.9 F9Q-758
Peugeot / Ford
2.0 DW10 BTED4 / RHR
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1870 cc
Displacement 1997 cc
130 hp
Power 136 hp
300 Nm
Torque 320 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1245 kg
Vehicle weight 1356 kg
9.0 s
Acc. 0-100 10.5 s
200 km/h
Top speed 207 km/h
7.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.0 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.4 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.3 l/100km
148 g/km
CO2 emissions 140 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
automatic - 6 gears
1260 kg
Vehicle weight 1391 kg
10.6 s
Acc. 0-100 11.4 s
197 km/h
Top speed 206 km/h
9.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.1 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.1 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.6 l/100km
175 g/km
CO2 emissions 175 g/km
Expenses
2600 EUR
Price from 4650 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 Renault-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 130hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 136hp 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 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, Citroen C4 offers a marginal difference of 9% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Renault does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Renault, as well as Citroen, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Megane 2% above average, and C4 3% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Megane rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.4 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Renault is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.5 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 200 kilometers per hour, 7km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (52 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, Citroen C4 offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Renault 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 really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Citroen. 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. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.


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