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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2003. - 2005.
D - Large family car
hatchback, 5 door
Front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2005. - 2007.
D - Large family car
hatchback, 5 door
Front

Dimensons & Volumes

4731 mm
1812 mm
1429 mm
500 liters
500 liters
59 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4576 mm
1772 mm
1429 mm
430 liters
1340 liters
68 liters

Engine

Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1999 cc
145 hp
185 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Renault
2.0 F4R
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1998 cc
136 hp
191 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1317 kg
9.9 s
215 km/h
11.5 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
192 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1255 kg
9.8 s
207 km/h
11.1 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
190 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1351 kg
11.5 s
190 km/h
13.1 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
9.4 l/100km
226 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1290 kg
12.3 s
202 km/h
12.3 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
8.7 l/100km
206 g/km

Expenses

1500 EUR
196 - 228 EUR
Price from
Tax
2950 EUR
196 - 228 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 136hp 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 Renault being a slightly better choice apparently. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the American car offers a marginal difference of 5% 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, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Ford with an average rating of 4.5, and models under the Renault badge with 4.1 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Mondeo 1% above average, and Laguna 11% above 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

Renault is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.1 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 207 kilometers per hour, 8km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (35 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 slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Renault offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. Fuel consumption is more or less the same. No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Renault. 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. 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 more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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