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2009. - 2013. Production 2006. - 2009.
D - Large family car Vehicle class D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door Body style wagon, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4569 mm
Length 4715 mm
1769 mm
Width 1760 mm
1450 mm
Height 1525 mm
605 liters
Boot (min) 520 liters
1655 liters
Boot (max) 1500 liters
55 liters
Fuel tank 60 liters
Engine
Volkswagen
1.8 TFSI CDAA
Toyota
1.8 1ZZ-FE
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1798 cc
Displacement 1794 cc
160 hp
Power 129 hp
250 Nm
Torque 170 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1265 kg
Vehicle weight 1290 kg
7.9 s
Acc. 0-100 10.5 s
222 km/h
Top speed 200 km/h
9.5 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.4 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.8 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.2 l/100km
158 g/km
CO2 emissions 172 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 4 gears
1285 kg
Vehicle weight 1310 kg
7.9 s
Acc. 0-100 11.8 s
222 km/h
Top speed 195 km/h
9.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.4 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.4 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.8 l/100km
155 g/km
CO2 emissions 193 g/km
Expenses
6600 EUR
Price from 4960 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 wagon 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 160hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 129hp engine designed by Toyota.

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 Toyota 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 large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the Japanese car 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. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Škoda with an average rating of 4.5, and models under the Toyota badge with 4.7 out of 5. The same official information place Octavia as average reliability-wise, and Avensis 20% above the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the Czech car rank it on average as 4.3, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 5.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Škoda is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.6 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 222 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 7.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (40 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Toyota 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. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. 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. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser™, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.
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