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2002. - 2005.
B - City car
hatchback, 3 door
front
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Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2001. - 2005.
B - City car
hatchback, 3 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

3917 mm
1683 mm
1463 mm
284 liters
947 liters
45 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3897 mm
1650 mm
1465 mm
250 liters
1030 liters
45 liters
2002 Ford Fiesta
2001 Volkswagen Polo

Engine

Peugeot / Ford
1.4 DV4 TD
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1398 cc
68 hp
160 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
1.4 TDI AMF
Diesel
3 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1422 cc
75 hp
195 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1040 kg
15.5 s
163 km/h
5.4 l/100km
3.8 l/100km
4.4 l/100km
116 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1063 kg
13.6 s
170 km/h
5.6 l/100km
4.0 l/100km
4.5 l/100km
122 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1053 kg
16.9 s
163 km/h
5.4 l/100km
3.8 l/100km
4.4 l/100km
116 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

1000 EUR
Price from
900 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 city 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 Peugeot-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 68hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 3-cylinder, 6-valves 75hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

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 same number of safety stars gained in the process. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the city car segment, which is generally not a very 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 German 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 Ford does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Ford with an average rating of 4.5, and models under the Volkswagen badge with 4.2 out of 5. The same official information place Fiesta as average reliability-wise, and Polo is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the American car rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.4 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Volkswagen is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.9 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 170 kilometers per hour, 7km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 4.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (63 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Ford 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 German car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Volkswagen being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Volkswagen. 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 thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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