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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2001. - 2004.
A - Micro car
hatchback, 3 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1998. - 2007.
A - Micro car
hatchback, 3 door
front

Dimensons & Outlines

3551 mm
1639 mm
1460 mm
130 liters
790 liters
35 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3433 mm
1630 mm
1423 mm
168 liters
1095 liters
40 liters
2001 Seat Arosa
1998 Renault Twingo

Engine

Volkswagen
1.4 16V
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1390 cc
100 hp
126 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Renault
1.2 D4F 732
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1149 cc
75 hp
107 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
921 kg
10.0 s
188 km/h
9.3 l/100km
5.1 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
158 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
805 kg
11.7 s
168 km/h
7.6 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
138 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 - 5 gears
810 kg
13.3 s
168 km/h
7.6 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
135 g/km

Expenses

1600 EUR
Price from
650 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 micro car segment and utilize the same 3-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 Volkswagen-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 100hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 75hp engine designed by Renault.

Safety

The fact that the Renault got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, isn't really an advantage, taken the poor 3-star rating it received. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the micro car segment, which is generally a misfortune 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 Spanish car offers a considerable difference of 14% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Renault does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Seat with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Renault badge with 4.1 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Arosa as average reliability-wise, and Twingo is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the Spanish car rank it on average as 2.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.3 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Seat is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.7 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 188 kilometers per hour, 20km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the French car, averaging around 5.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (49 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 14% difference compared to the Spanish car.


Verdict

Renault 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 this case though, it seems that both cars show similar levels of passenger protection all together, so that won't break a tie. But one thing that actually could is the performance, with Seat being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - the Renault. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. 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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