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2009. - 2013. Production 2010. - 2013.
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 4801 mm
1769 mm
Width 1811 mm
1450 mm
Height 1445 mm
605 liters
Boot (min) 508 liters
1655 liters
Boot (max) 1593 liters
55 liters
Fuel tank 66 liters
Engine
Volkswagen
1.8 TFSI CDAA
Nissan / Renault
2.0 MR20DE HP
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1798 cc
Displacement 1997 cc
160 hp
Power 140 hp
250 Nm
Torque 193 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1265 kg
Vehicle weight 1294 kg
7.9 s
Acc. 0-100 9.3 s
222 km/h
Top speed 205 km/h
9.5 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.2 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.2 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.6 l/100km
158 g/km
CO2 emissions 175 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
1285 kg
Vehicle weight kg
7.9 s
Acc. 0-100 s
222 km/h
Top speed km/h
9.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
5.4 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
6.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
155 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
6600 EUR
Price from 9500 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

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), 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, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, 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, when all the models are taken into account. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Škoda with an average rating of 4.5, and models under the Renault badge with 4.2 out of 5. The same official information place Octavia as average reliability-wise, and Laguna 11% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Czech car rank it on average as 4.3, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.3 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. 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. 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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