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Car #2
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2003. - 2005.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front
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Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2001. - 2005.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

3610 mm
1660 mm
1500 mm
205 liters
950 liters
45 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3897 mm
1650 mm
1465 mm
250 liters
1030 liters
45 liters

Engine

Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1364 cc
75 hp
170 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
1.4 TDI AMF
Diesel
3 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1422 cc
75 hp
195 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
895 kg
12.9 s
170 km/h
5.2 l/100km
3.7 l/100km
4.2 l/100km
113 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1103 kg
13.6 s
170 km/h
5.6 l/100km
4.0 l/100km
4.5 l/100km
122 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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Cons. (urban)
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CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

1750 EUR
Price from
650 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 city 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 Toyota-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 75hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 3-cylinder, 6-valves 75hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the city car segment, which is generally not a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the German car offers a considerable difference of 23% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Toyota does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Toyota with an average rating of 4.7, and models under the Volkswagen badge with 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Yaris 39% above average, and Polo 32% below the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Japanese car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.4 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Toyota is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.7 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 170 kilometers per hour, exactly the same as the other car does. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 4.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (65 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Toyota is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. 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 German car offers significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. From there things take a different direction, with Toyota offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - the Toyota. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. 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, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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