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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
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2011. - 2015.
C - Small family car
wagon, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2012. - 2015.
C - Small family car
wagon, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

4556 mm
1823 mm
1505 mm
490 liters
1516 liters
55 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4559 mm
1804 mm
1468 mm
524 liters
1600 liters
60 liters

Engine

Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1597 cc
150 hp
240 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Renault / Nissan
1.4 H4J
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1397 cc
130 hp
190 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1240 kg
8.8 s
210 km/h
7.7 l/100km
5.0 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
137 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1251 kg
10.0 s
200 km/h
8.4 l/100km
5.1 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
145 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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Vehicle weight
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Top speed
Cons. (urban)
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CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

4350 EUR
Price from
4890 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 150hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 130hp engine designed by Renault.

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 Ford 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, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the French car offers a marginal difference of 1% 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. 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 Renault badge with 4.1 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Focus as average reliability-wise, and Megane 18% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the American car rank it on average as 4.5, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.3 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Ford is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 210 kilometers per hour, 10km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 6.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (46 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 American car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Ford being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. 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. 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 thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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