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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2003. - 2006.
M - MPV
MPV, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2001. - 2005.
M - MPV
MPV, 5 door
front

Marketing

Dimensons & Outlines

4493 mm
1810 mm
1636 mm
200 liters
1920 liters
60 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4340 mm
1705 mm
1600 mm
370 liters
1848 liters
58 liters
2003 Renault Grand Scenic
2001 Mazda Premacy

Engine

Renault
2.0 F4R
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1998 cc
136 hp
191 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1991 cc
131 hp
170 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1485 kg
10.9 s
195 km/h
11.1 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
8.2 l/100km
196 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1285 kg
10.7 s
188 km/h
11.5 l/100km
7.1 l/100km
8.7 l/100km
209 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1505 kg
12.1 s
190 km/h
11.9 l/100km
6.7 l/100km
8.6 l/100km
205 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1300 kg
12.1 s
179 km/h
12.6 l/100km
7.5 l/100km
9.4 l/100km
225 g/km

Expenses

900 EUR
Price from
1300 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 mpv segment and utilize the same 5-door MPV 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 136hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 131hp engine designed by Mazda.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, with the Renault displaying significantly better structural stability. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the mpv segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the French car offers a considerable difference of 16% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, all the models observed together. 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 Mazda badge with 4.4 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Grand Scenic as average reliability-wise, and Premacy is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the French car rank it on average as 3.6, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Mazda is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.2 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 188 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 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (33 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, the French car beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. From there things take a different direction, with Mazda offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Renault. 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, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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