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Model
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Engine
Car #2
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Model
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2009. - 2011.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2009. - 2013.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Outlines

3785 mm
1695 mm
1530 mm
313 liters
1183 liters
42 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4027 mm
1707 mm
1493 mm
288 liters
1038 liters
55 liters
2009 Toyota Yaris
2009 Renault Clio

Engine

Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1797 cc
133 hp
173 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Renault
1.6 K4M HP
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1598 cc
130 hp
155 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1095 kg
9.1 s
194 km/h
9.1 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
164 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1125 kg
9.3 s
197 km/h
8.9 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
160 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
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CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

2700 EUR
Price from
2100 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 petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Toyota-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 133hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 130hp engine designed by Renault.

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 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, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the French car offers a marginal difference of 3% 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, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Toyota with an average rating of 4.6, and models under the Renault badge with 4.1 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Yaris as average reliability-wise, and Clio is more or less at the same level.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 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Toyota 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 194 kilometers per hour, 3km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (41 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Toyota 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 offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Toyota offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. 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 Renault. 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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