7 French cars that are as good as Japanese cars
French cars have been disliked lately. And that’s putting it mildly. Unless we are talking about Renault Datser, Logan and Sandero. But they almost pray for the Japanese. Meanwhile, there are Frenchmen on the secondary market, who are no worse than the Japanese in quality. More precisely, this is the Japanese. Only with French nameplates.
Let’s start with three twin brothers: Peugeot 107, Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo. Not everyone knows that all these three models were assembled at the same factory and equipped with the same engines and gearboxes, they have the same platform, and they differ only in design. Toyota Aygo has not been officially sold recently, so it’s useless to look for it on the secondary market, but there are enough offers for 107 and C1. Toyota was responsible for the gasoline engine there, and PSA for the diesel engine. But diesels were not officially sold with us, so in fact a real Japanese is hidden under the French packaging. And if someone grumbles about the quality, then let him know that he grumbles not only at the French, but also at Toyota.
The French did not have all-wheel drive crossovers and, instead of pumping money into the development of something of their own, they simply agreed to use their technology. Strictly speaking, they made it even easier. They just drew a different design. All the filling in these two Frenchies is purely Japanese, there is nothing French there at all. And to make the cars different. in addition to nameplates and appearance, the French came up with their own equipment. However, the buyer only benefited from this, the choice of modifications has become larger. In addition, there were more dealers with whom it was possible to bargain.
Today, only one thing can be said – you should not be afraid of these French on the secondary market. Moreover, if according to the Peugeot and Citroen catalog some spare parts are expensive, you can look at the Mitsubishi catalog and be surprised at the difference in the price of the same original spare parts.
Another example of cooperation between PSA and Mitsubishi Motors is Peugeot 4008, Citroen C4 Aircross and Mitsubishi ASX. Here the whole story is the same as in the previous case – French cars are no different from Japanese ones, except for design, nameplates on the steering wheel and trim levels.
The fourth example is Renault Koleos and Nissan X-Trail. Between these two cars, of course, there are more differences than between Peugeot-Citroen and Mitsubishi. They, at least, have a completely different design, not only outside, but also inside, they differ slightly in dimensions, suspension settings, trim levels, but in fact, this Koleos is still built on the basis of the X-Trail, there is no getting around it.