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1997. - 2001. Production 1998. - 2004.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
hatchback, 3 door Body style hatchback, 3 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Dimensons & Volumes
4190 mm
Length 4110 mm
1695 mm
Width 1709 mm
1375 mm
Height 1425 mm
225 liters
Boot (min) 370 liters
600 liters
Boot (max) 1180 liters
45 liters
Fuel tank 52 liters
1.6 D16Y5
Opel / General Motors
1.6 X16XEL
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1590 cc
Displacement 1598 cc
117 hp
Power 100 hp
141 Nm
Torque 150 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
975 kg
Vehicle weight 1055 kg
10.2 s
Acc. 0-100 11.5 s
188 km/h
Top speed 188 km/h
8.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.0 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.9 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.4 l/100km
153 g/km
CO2 emissions 178 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
automatic - 4 gears
1000 kg
Vehicle weight 1075 kg
12.0 s
Acc. 0-100 13.5 s
172 km/h
Top speed 178 km/h
9.7 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 11.5 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.3 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.2 l/100km
174 g/km
CO2 emissions 197 g/km
1200 EUR
Price from 1050 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


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 Opel.


Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), 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 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 marginal difference of 8% more metal.


Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Honda as a brand displays somewhat better results, 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 Opel badge with 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed 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 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.3 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Honda is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.3 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 188 kilometers per hour, exactly the same as the other car does. 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 14% difference compared to the German car.


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 offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. 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 not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be 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. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser™, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.
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