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2001. - 2004. Production 2002. - 2006.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
wagon, 5 door Body style wagon, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4516 mm
Length 4500 mm
1756 mm
Width 1777 mm
1570 mm
Height 1467 mm
510 liters
Boot (min) 520 liters
1480 liters
Boot (max) 1600 liters
58 liters
Fuel tank 60 liters
Engine
Renault
1.9 F9Q-T750
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1910 cc
Displacement 1870 cc
80 hp
Power 120 hp
196 Nm
Torque 300 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1370 kg
Vehicle weight 1285 kg
13.8 s
Acc. 0-100 10.8 s
170 km/h
Top speed 194 km/h
7.5 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.1 l/100km
4.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.4 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.4 l/100km
149 g/km
CO2 emissions 141 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
kg
Vehicle weight kg
s
Acc. 0-100 s
km/h
Top speed km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
1200 EUR
Price from 1300 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 small 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 diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a FIAT-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 80hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 120hp engine designed by Renault.

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 small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the Italian car offers a marginal difference of 7% 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, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of FIAT, as well as Renault, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Stilo as average reliability-wise, and Megane 2% above the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the Italian car rank it on average as 3.5, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.2 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Renault is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 3 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 194 kilometers per hour, 24km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (51 mpg), in combined cycle.

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 my opinion, everything taken into account, the French car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Renault outracing its opponent in any situation possible, making it better choice for boy racers. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Renault. 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. 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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