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1997. - 2001. Production 1998. - 2004.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
sedan, 4 door Body style sedan, 4 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4460 mm
Length 4252 mm
1695 mm
Width 1709 mm
1390 mm
Height 1425 mm
380 liters
Boot (min) 460 liters
380 liters
Boot (max) 1230 liters
45 liters
Fuel tank 52 liters
Engine
Honda
1.4 D14A8
Opel / General Motors
1.6 Z16SE
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1396 cc
Displacement 1598 cc
90 hp
Power 84 hp
120 Nm
Torque 138 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
965 kg
Vehicle weight 1063 kg
11.0 s
Acc. 0-100 13.0 s
182 km/h
Top speed 180 km/h
8.9 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.6 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.6 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.1 l/100km
177 g/km
CO2 emissions 171 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
automatic - 4 gears
990 kg
Vehicle weight 1083 kg
13.7 s
Acc. 0-100 14.5 s
172 km/h
Top speed 170 km/h
10.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 11.3 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.4 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.2 l/100km
198 g/km
CO2 emissions 197 g/km
Expenses
1200 EUR
Price from 1050 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 4-door sedan 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 Honda-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 90hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 84hp engine designed by Opel.

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 Opel being a slightly better choice apparently. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the German car offers a considerable difference of 10% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Honda as a brand displays somewhat better results, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Honda with an average rating of 4.7, and models under the Opel badge with 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Civic 37% above average, and Astra those same 37% below the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the Japanese car rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.7 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Honda is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 182 kilometers per hour, 2km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 7.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (40 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Honda 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 German car beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. From there things take a different direction, with Honda being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Honda. 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™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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