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2003. - 2005. Production 2005. - 2007.
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 4576 mm
1812 mm
Width 1772 mm
1429 mm
Height 1429 mm
500 liters
Boot (min) 430 liters
500 liters
Boot (max) 1340 liters
59 liters
Fuel tank 68 liters
Engine
Renault
2.0 F4R
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1999 cc
Displacement 1998 cc
145 hp
Power 136 hp
185 Nm
Torque 191 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1317 kg
Vehicle weight 1255 kg
9.9 s
Acc. 0-100 9.8 s
215 km/h
Top speed 207 km/h
11.5 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 11.1 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.2 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.0 l/100km
192 g/km
CO2 emissions 190 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
automatic - 4 gears
1351 kg
Vehicle weight 1290 kg
11.5 s
Acc. 0-100 12.3 s
190 km/h
Top speed 202 km/h
13.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 12.3 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.6 l/100km
9.4 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.7 l/100km
226 g/km
CO2 emissions 206 g/km
Expenses
1500 EUR
Price from 2950 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. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. 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 5% 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, at least on all of the models level. 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 Mondeo 1% above average, and Laguna 11% above 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 4.0 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. 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™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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