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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2003. - 2009.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2002. - 2007.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

4415 mm
1755 mm
1465 mm
346 liters
1285 liters
55 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4197 mm
1706 mm
1448 mm
355 liters
1062 liters
60 liters

Engine

Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2261 cc
260 hp
380 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1769 cc
114 hp
158 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1385 kg
6.1 s
250 km/h
13.5 l/100km
7.5 l/100km
9.7 l/100km
231 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1162 kg
10.8 s
186 km/h
10.2 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
7.5 l/100km
180 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1162 kg
12.5 s
176 km/h
10.6 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
7.8 l/100km
187 g/km

Expenses

2100 EUR
Price from
1300 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 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 260hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 114hp engine designed by Nissan.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, Mazda 3 offers a considerable difference of 19% 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. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Mazda with an average rating of 4.5, and models under the Nissan badge with 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank 3 28% above average, and Almera 7% above the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as Mazda 3 rank it on average as 4.7, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Mazda is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 4.7 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 250 kilometers per hour, 64km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy an obvious choice would be Almera, averaging around 7.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (38 mpg), in combined cycle. That's 29% difference compared to Mazda 3!

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, Mazda 3 offers significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. It all continues in the same direction, with Mazda outracing its opponent in any situation possible, making it better choice for boy racers. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. 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. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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