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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2001. - 2005.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2001. - 2004.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

4698 mm
1749 mm
1443 mm
475 liters
1512 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4760 mm
1770 mm
1520 mm
563 liters
1658 liters
66 liters

Engine

Renault
2.0 F5R-700
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1998 cc
140 hp
200 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Peugeot / Citroen
2.0 EW10 A 2
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1997 cc
143 hp
200 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1335 kg
10.1 s
202 km/h
10.9 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
190 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1342 kg
10.0 s
203 km/h
11.9 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
200 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1370 kg
12.3 s
197 km/h
12.3 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
8.5 l/100km
204 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1349 kg
11.8 s
194 km/h
12.7 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
8.7 l/100km
208 g/km

Expenses

1200 EUR
Price from
1200 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 large 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 Renault-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 140hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 143hp engine designed by Peugeot.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the Renault being a slightly better choice apparently. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing 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 C5 offers a marginal difference of 1% 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, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Renault with an average rating of 4.1, and models under the Citroen badge with 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Laguna 12% above average, and C5 27% below the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Laguna rank it on average as 3.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.3 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Citroen 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 203 kilometers per hour, 1km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 8.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (34 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Renault 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, Laguna offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different 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... No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Renault. 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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