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2001. - 2005.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
2004. - 2007.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door


Dimensons & Outlines

4202 mm
1730 mm
1510 mm
341 liters
1328 liters
60 liters
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4249 mm
1753 mm
1460 mm
347 liters
1265 liters
52 liters
2001 Peugeot 307
2004 Opel Astra


Peugeot / Citroen
2.0 EW10 J4 (RFN)
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1997 cc
136 hp
190 Nm
Opel / General Motors
2.0 Z20LEL
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
1998 cc
170 hp
250 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1194 kg
9.1 s
205 km/h
10.9 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
7.9 l/100km
188 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1285 kg
8.9 s
217 km/h
12.9 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
9.1 l/100km
218 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1213 kg
10.1 s
200 km/h
12.4 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
8.3 l/100km
198 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions


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Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


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 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 Peugeot-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 136hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 170hp engine designed by Opel.


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. 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? On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the German car offers a marginal difference of 8% more metal.


Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Peugeot does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Peugeot with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the Opel badge with 4.2 out of 5. The same official information place 307 as average reliability-wise, and Astra is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the French car rank it on average as 4.2, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Opel is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 217 kilometers per hour, 12km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the French car, averaging around 7.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (36 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 15% difference compared to the German car.


Peugeot 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. 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 Peugeot. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. 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 thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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