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Model
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Car #2
Make
Model
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1999. - 2004.
C - Small family car
sedan, 4 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1999. - 2004.
C - Small family car
sedan, 4 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

4520 mm
1695 mm
1390 mm
466 liters
466 liters
55 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4439 mm
1742 mm
1436 mm
500 liters
830 liters
55 liters
1999 Rover 45
1999 Seat Toledo

Engine

Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1588 cc
110 hp
138 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
1.6 AFT
Petrol
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1595 cc
100 hp
145 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1180 kg
10.3 s
190 km/h
9.2 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
170 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1166 kg
10.9 s
192 km/h
9.4 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
166 g/km

Performance (automatic 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
automatic - 4 gears
1188 kg
13.5 s
184 km/h
11.5 l/100km
6.7 l/100km
8.5 l/100km
203 g/km

Expenses

1000 EUR
Price from
1490 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 small family car segment and utilize the same 4-door sedan 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 110hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 100hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

Safety

Unfortunatelly, neither of the two vehicles was submitted to the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) testing. This makes it virtually impossible for me to pick one over the other and I'm generally against buying such cars as the safety should really always come first. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle 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 marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Rover does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Rover with an average rating of 4.5, and models under the Seat badge with 4.4 out of 5. Independent research findings rank 45 as average reliability-wise, and Toledo is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the British car rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 2.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Rover is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.6 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 190 kilometers per hour, 2km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 6.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (41 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Rover 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 slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Rover offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Rover. 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, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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