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2001. - 2005. Production 2002. - 2006.
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 4500 mm
1702 mm
Width 1777 mm
1447 mm
Height 1467 mm
520 liters
Boot (min) 520 liters
1580 liters
Boot (max) 1600 liters
55 liters
Fuel tank 60 liters
Engine
Renault
1.6 K4M
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 112 hp
145 Nm
Torque 151 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1180 kg
Vehicle weight 1190 kg
11.3 s
Acc. 0-100 11.3 s
185 km/h
Top speed 190 km/h
9.4 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.1 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.7 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.9 l/100km
163 g/km
CO2 emissions 164 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
automatic - 4 gears
1227 kg
Vehicle weight 1235 kg
12.5 s
Acc. 0-100 13.2 s
176 km/h
Top speed 180 km/h
11.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.7 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.0 l/100km
8.2 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.7 l/100km
196 g/km
CO2 emissions 184 g/km
Expenses
1450 EUR
Price from 1300 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 112hp engine designed by Renault.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the Renault being a slightly better choice apparently. 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 that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the French car offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, all the models observed together. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Ford with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Renault badge with 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Focus 39% above average, and Megane 37% 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 4.3 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Both of the cars accelerate exactly the same, so we couldn't put one above the other. Car No. 2 is faster though, reaching top speed of 190 kilometers per hour, 5km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 6.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (41 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 French car offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. When it comes to performance, both vehicles provide similar experience, so I wouldn't point any of them out. the American car still consumps less fuel, which needs to be taken into consideration. At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. 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. 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™, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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