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2001. - 2005. Production 1998. - 2004.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door Body style hatchback, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4174 mm
Length 4110 mm
1702 mm
Width 1709 mm
1430 mm
Height 1425 mm
350 liters
Boot (min) 370 liters
1205 liters
Boot (max) 1180 liters
55 liters
Fuel tank 52 liters
Engine
Isuzu
1.7 4EE2
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 80 hp
220 Nm
Torque 170 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1286 kg
Vehicle weight 1180 kg
s
Acc. 0-100 14.0 s
186 km/h
Top speed 173 km/h
7.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 6.0 l/100km
4.2 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 3.8 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
Cons. (average) 4.6 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
kg
Vehicle weight 1225 kg
s
Acc. 0-100 15.5 s
km/h
Top speed 170 km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) 8.9 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.4 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.7 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 180 g/km
Expenses
1450 EUR
Price from 1050 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 80hp 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. 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 it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the American car offers a marginal difference of 9% 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, at least on all of the models level. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Ford with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Opel badge with 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Focus 39% above average, and Astra those same 39% below the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the American car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.0 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. 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. 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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