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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2004. - 2007.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 3 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2006. - 2008.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 3 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

4182 mm
1784 mm
1475 mm
305 liters
305 liters
58 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4209 mm
1777 mm
1457 mm
330 liters
1190 liters
60 liters

Engine

Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1910 cc
140 hp
305 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Renault
1.9 F9Q-758
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1870 cc
130 hp
300 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1285 kg
9.7 s
203 km/h
7.6 l/100km
4.2 l/100km
5.4 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
1225 kg
9.0 s
200 km/h
7.2 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
148 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1240 kg
10.6 s
197 km/h
9.0 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
175 g/km

Expenses

1699 EUR
Price from
2200 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 3-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 FIAT-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 140hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 130hp 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, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the Italian car offers a marginal difference of 5% 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 with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Renault badge with 4.1 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Stilo as average reliability-wise, and Megane 2% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Italian car rank it on average as 3.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.1 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Renault is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.7 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 200 kilometers per hour, 3km/h less 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 offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... 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. 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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