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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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2005. - 2008.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2006. - 2008.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

4212 mm
1746 mm
1510 mm
341 liters
1328 liters
60 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4209 mm
1777 mm
1457 mm
330 liters
1190 liters
60 liters
2005 Peugeot 307
2006 Renault Megane

Engine

Peugeot / Citroen
2.0 EW10 A
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1997 cc
140 hp
200 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Renault
2.0 F4R
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1998 cc
136 hp
191 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1246 kg
8.9 s
205 km/h
10.7 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
7.7 l/100km
184 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1225 kg
9.2 s
200 km/h
10.9 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
191 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1268 kg
10.0 s
200 km/h
11.8 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
8.2 l/100km
195 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1240 kg
10.9 s
194 km/h
11.8 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
201 g/km

Expenses

2100 EUR
Price from
1700 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 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 140hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 136hp engine designed by Renault.

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 Renault being a slightly better choice apparently. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, 307 offers a marginal difference of 2% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, when all the models are taken into account. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Peugeot with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the Renault badge with 4.1 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed 307 as average reliability-wise, and Megane is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as 307 rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.6 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Peugeot is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.3 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 205 kilometers per hour, 5km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 7.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (36 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

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, Megane offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Peugeot offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the 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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