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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 4596 mm
1812 mm
Width 1798 mm
1429 mm
Height 1460 mm
500 liters
Boot (min) 500 liters
500 liters
Boot (max) 1360 liters
59 liters
Fuel tank 61 liters
Engine
Opel / General Motors
2.0 Z20NET
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Turbo
1999 cc
Displacement 1998 cc
145 hp
Power 175 hp
185 Nm
Torque 265 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1317 kg
Vehicle weight 1385 kg
9.9 s
Acc. 0-100 9.1 s
215 km/h
Top speed 230 km/h
11.5 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 12.8 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.6 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.9 l/100km
192 g/km
CO2 emissions 214 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
1351 kg
Vehicle weight kg
11.5 s
Acc. 0-100 s
190 km/h
Top speed km/h
13.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
7.3 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
9.4 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
226 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
1500 EUR
Price from 2250 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 large family car segment and utilize the same 5-door hatchback 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 Mazda-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 145hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 175hp engine designed by Opel.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), 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? On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the German car offers a marginal difference of 5% 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, at least on all of the models level. 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. Some independent research have also placed Mondeo 1% above average, and Vectra 25% 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 4.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Opel is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 230 kilometers per hour, 15km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the American car, averaging around 8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (35 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 11% difference compared to the German car.

Verdict

Ford is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. 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 German car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Opel offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be 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. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser™, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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