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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2009. - 2013.
D - Large family car
hatchback, 5 door
Front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2007. - 2010.
D - Large family car
hatchback, 5 door
Front

Dimensons & Volumes

4569 mm
1769 mm
1445 mm
560 liters
1420 liters
55 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4755 mm
1795 mm
1440 mm
510 liters
1700 liters
64 liters

Engine

Volkswagen
2.0 TDI BMN
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1968 cc
170 hp
350 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1998 cc
140 hp
330 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1370 kg
8.3 s
226 km/h
7.5 l/100km
4.6 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
149 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1415 kg
10.5 s
204 km/h
6.7 l/100km
5.0 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
147 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1390 kg
8.3 s
224 km/h
8.3 l/100km
4.9 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
159 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km

Expenses

5800 EUR
222 - 280 EUR
Price from
Tax
5800 EUR
196 - 241 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 large 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 diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a Volkswagen-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 170hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 140hp engine designed by Mazda.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, with the Mazda being a slightly better choice apparently. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the large family car 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 Japanese 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, all the models observed together. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Škoda with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Mazda badge with 4.5 out of 5. The same official information place Octavia as average reliability-wise, and 6 24% above the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the Czech car rank it on average as 4.1, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.5 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Škoda is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 226 kilometers per hour, 22km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (50 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Škoda 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 Japanese car offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. From there things take a different direction, with Škoda 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 Mazda. 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, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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