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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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1999. - 2004.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1998. - 2004.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

3990 mm
1688 mm
1419 mm
304 liters
1086 liters
50 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3675 mm
1595 mm
1450 mm
235 liters
890 liters
40 liters
1999 Rover 25
1998 Daihatsu Sirion

Engine

Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1796 cc
145 hp
174 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Daihatsu
1.3 K3-VE
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1298 cc
102 hp
120 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
850 kg
9.6 s
180 km/h
7.6 l/100km
4.6 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
154 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

cvt - gears
1090 kg
8.3 s
205 km/h
10.4 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
7.5 l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
850 kg
11.1 s
170 km/h
8.6 l/100km
5.0 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
g/km

Expenses

600 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 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 Rover-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 145hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 102hp engine designed by Daihatsu.

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. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the city car segment, which is generally not a very good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the British car offers a considerable difference of 28% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Daihatsu does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Rover with an average rating of 4.5, and models under the Daihatsu badge with 4.1 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the British car rank it on average as 3.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Rover is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.3 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 205 kilometers per hour, 25km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Japanese car, averaging around 5.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (50 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 32% difference compared to the British car.


Verdict

Daihatsu 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 British car offers significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. It all continues in the same direction, with Rover being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. 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. 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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