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2001. - 2005. Production 2001. - 2004.
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
4454 mm
Length 4516 mm
1702 mm
Width 1756 mm
1447 mm
Height 1570 mm
520 liters
Boot (min) 510 liters
1580 liters
Boot (max) 1480 liters
55 liters
Fuel tank 58 liters
Engine
FIAT
1.6 SEVEL
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1596 cc
Displacement 1596 cc
100 hp
Power 103 hp
145 Nm
Torque 145 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1180 kg
Vehicle weight 1270 kg
11.3 s
Acc. 0-100 11.4 s
185 km/h
Top speed 183 km/h
9.4 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.5 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.9 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.6 l/100km
163 g/km
CO2 emissions 181 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
1227 kg
Vehicle weight kg
12.5 s
Acc. 0-100 s
176 km/h
Top speed km/h
11.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
6.4 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
8.2 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
196 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
1450 EUR
Price from 1200 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 petrol 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 103hp engine designed by FIAT.

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. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the Italian car offers a marginal difference of 8% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, 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 4.4, and models under the FIAT badge with 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Focus 39% above average, and Stilo those same 39% below the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the American car rank it on average as 4.7, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.5 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Ford is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 185 kilometers per hour, 2km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the American car, averaging around 6.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (42 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 12% difference compared to the Italian car.

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 Italian car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Ford offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. 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 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. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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