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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

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the Opel 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 small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the German car offers a considerable difference of 10% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Honda as a brand displays somewhat better results, all the models observed together. 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. The same official information place Civic 37% above average, and Astra those same 37% below the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine 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. 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™, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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