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2001. - 2005. Production 1998. - 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 4288 mm
1702 mm
Width 1709 mm
1447 mm
Height 1510 mm
520 liters
Boot (min) 480 liters
1580 liters
Boot (max) 1500 liters
55 liters
Fuel tank 52 liters
Engine
Opel / General Motors
1.6 X16XEL
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1596 cc
Displacement 1598 cc
100 hp
Power 100 hp
145 Nm
Torque 150 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1180 kg
Vehicle weight 1110 kg
11.3 s
Acc. 0-100 12.0 s
185 km/h
Top speed 183 km/h
9.4 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.2 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.2 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.7 l/100km
163 g/km
CO2 emissions 185 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
automatic - 4 gears
1227 kg
Vehicle weight 1130 kg
12.5 s
Acc. 0-100 14.0 s
176 km/h
Top speed 173 km/h
11.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 11.6 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.5 l/100km
8.2 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.4 l/100km
196 g/km
CO2 emissions 202 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 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 100hp engine designed by Opel.

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, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the American car offers a marginal difference of 6% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Ford does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. 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 Opel badge with 4.2 out of 5. The same official information place 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 4.7, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.3 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Ford is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.7 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 13% difference compared to the German 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 American car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same 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. 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™, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.
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