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2001. - 2005. Production 2001. - 2003.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door Body style hatchback, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
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Dimensons & Volumes
4174 mm
Length 4285 mm
1702 mm
Width 1695 mm
1430 mm
Height 1495 mm
350 liters
Boot (min) 70 liters
1205 liters
Boot (max) 370 liters
55 liters
Fuel tank 50 liters
Engine
Isuzu / General Motors
1.7 Z17DTH
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1753 cc
Displacement 1686 cc
100 hp
Power 100 hp
220 Nm
Torque 240 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1286 kg
Vehicle weight 1259 kg
s
Acc. 0-100 11.5 s
186 km/h
Top speed 182 km/h
7.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 6.3 l/100km
4.2 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.4 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.0 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 134 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
1450 EUR
Price from 1600 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 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 Ford-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 100hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 100hp engine designed by Isuzu.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, 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 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 American car offers a marginal difference of 2% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Honda does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Ford with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Honda badge with 4.7 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Focus 39% above average, and Civic 2% below the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the American car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.6 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

There's not enough data for me to elaborate on the subject, I'm affraid.

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 American car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. When it comes to performance, both vehicles provide similar experience, so I wouldn't point any of them out. Fuel consumption is more or less the same. No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Ford. 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. 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™, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.


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