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1997. - 2001. Production 1998. - 2001.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
hatchback, 3 door Body style hatchback, 3 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4190 mm
Length 4152 mm
1695 mm
Width 1702 mm
1375 mm
Height 1430 mm
225 liters
Boot (min) 350 liters
600 liters
Boot (max) 1205 liters
45 liters
Fuel tank 55 liters
Engine
Honda
1.6 D16Y5
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1590 cc
Displacement 1596 cc
117 hp
Power 100 hp
141 Nm
Torque 145 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
975 kg
Vehicle weight 1061 kg
10.2 s
Acc. 0-100 10.9 s
188 km/h
Top speed 185 km/h
8.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.7 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.0 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.3 l/100km
153 g/km
CO2 emissions 167 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
automatic - 4 gears
1000 kg
Vehicle weight 1113 kg
12.0 s
Acc. 0-100 12.1 s
172 km/h
Top speed 176 km/h
9.7 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 11.6 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.5 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.4 l/100km
174 g/km
CO2 emissions 188 g/km
Expenses
1200 EUR
Price from 1000 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 3-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 Honda-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 117hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 100hp engine designed by Ford.

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 Ford being a slightly better choice apparently. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. 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? On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the American car offers a marginal difference of 9% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Honda does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Honda with an average rating of 4.7, and models under the Ford badge with 4.4 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Civic 37% above average, and Focus 2% above the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the Japanese car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.7 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Honda is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.7 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 188 kilometers per hour, 3km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Japanese car, averaging around 6.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (43 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 12% difference compared to the American car.

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 American car offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. From there things take a different direction, with Honda offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the 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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