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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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2009. - 2013.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
Front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2010. - 2013.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
Front

Dimensons & Volumes

4569 mm
1769 mm
1450 mm
605 liters
1655 liters
55 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4801 mm
1811 mm
1445 mm
508 liters
1593 liters
66 liters

Engine

Volkswagen
1.8 TFSI CDAA
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1798 cc
160 hp
250 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Nissan / Renault
2.0 MR20DE HP
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1997 cc
140 hp
193 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1265 kg
7.9 s
222 km/h
9.5 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
158 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1294 kg
9.3 s
205 km/h
10.2 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
175 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1285 kg
7.9 s
222 km/h
9.1 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
155 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km

Expenses

5800 EUR
222 - 280 EUR
Price from
Tax
6200 EUR
209 - 250 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 140hp engine designed by Nissan.

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 Renault 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, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the French car offers a marginal difference of 2% 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. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Škoda with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Renault badge with 4.1 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Octavia as average reliability-wise, and Laguna 11% 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 4.2, 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 1.4 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 222 kilometers per hour, 17km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Czech car, averaging around 6.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (41 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 10% difference compared to the French car.

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 French 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! I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - the Škoda. 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. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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