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2003. - 2005. Production 2002. - 2005.
D - Large family car Vehicle class D - Large family car
hatchback, 5 door Body style hatchback, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4731 mm
Length 4670 mm
1812 mm
Width 1780 mm
1429 mm
Height 1435 mm
500 liters
Boot (min) 492 liters
500 liters
Boot (max) 1662 liters
59 liters
Fuel tank 64 liters
Engine
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1999 cc
Displacement 1999 cc
145 hp
Power 145 hp
185 Nm
Torque 185 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1317 kg
Vehicle weight 1275 kg
9.9 s
Acc. 0-100 9.9 s
215 km/h
Top speed 206 km/h
11.5 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 11.8 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.6 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.5 l/100km
192 g/km
CO2 emissions 203 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
automatic - 4 gears
1351 kg
Vehicle weight 1300 kg
11.5 s
Acc. 0-100 11.8 s
190 km/h
Top speed 194 km/h
13.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 11.9 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.9 l/100km
9.4 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.8 l/100km
226 g/km
CO2 emissions 209 g/km
Expenses
1500 EUR
Price from 2590 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. Not only that they both belong to the large family car segment and utilize the same 5-door hatchback body style, they are even powered by the same Mazda-developed petrol engine! There is not much there to point us towards one vehicle or the other. Or is it?

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 large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? 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 3% 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 Mazda badge with 4.6 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Mondeo 1% above average, and 6 17% above the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as these two vehicles rank it on average as 4.7 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. 1 reaches top speed of 206 kilometers per hour, 9km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 8.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (34 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Mazda 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. the American car still consumps less fuel, which needs to be taken into consideration. I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - 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 thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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