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Model
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Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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2015. - 2019.
M - MPV
MPV, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2014. - 2017.
M - MPV
MPV, 5 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

4140 mm
1800 mm
1593 mm
354 liters
994 liters
54 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4300 mm
1812 mm
1615 mm
397 liters
1496 liters
54 liters
2015 KIA Soul
2014 Opel Meriva

Engine

Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1582 cc
128 hp
264 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
General Motors / FIAT
1.6 B16DTH
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1598 cc
136 hp
320 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1383 kg
10.8 s
180 km/h
6.1 l/100km
4.4 l/100km
5.0 l/100km
132 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1425 kg
9.9 s
197 km/h
4.8 l/100km
4.2 l/100km
4.4 l/100km
116 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1406 kg
11.8 s
177 km/h
7.5 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
158 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

9900 EUR
Price from
6000 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 diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a Hyundai-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 128hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 136hp engine designed by General Motors.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the Opel being a slightly better choice apparently. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the mpv segment, which is generally a 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 German 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, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of KIA with an average rating of 4.6, and models under the Opel badge with 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Soul as average reliability-wise, and Meriva is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Korean car rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.8 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Opel is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.9 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 197 kilometers per hour, 17km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (60 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

KIA 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 German car offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. It all continues in the same direction, with Opel 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 Opel. 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, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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