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1997. - 2001. Production 1998. - 2001.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
wagon, 5 door Body style wagon, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4425 mm
Length 4438 mm
1695 mm
Width 1702 mm
1410 mm
Height 1447 mm
415 liters
Boot (min) 520 liters
1312 liters
Boot (max) 1580 liters
55 liters
Fuel tank 55 liters
Engine
Honda
1.4 D14A8
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1396 cc
Displacement 1388 cc
90 hp
Power 75 hp
120 Nm
Torque 125 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1090 kg
Vehicle weight 1115 kg
13.3 s
Acc. 0-100 14.6 s
172 km/h
Top speed 171 km/h
9.5 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 8.8 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.5 l/100km
7.7 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.6 l/100km
181 g/km
CO2 emissions 158 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
kg
Vehicle weight kg
s
Acc. 0-100 s
km/h
Top speed km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 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 5-door wagon 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, 16-valves 75hp engine designed by Ford.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the Ford 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 American car offers a marginal difference of 2% 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. The same official information place 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 4.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Honda is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.3 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 172 kilometers per hour, 1km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the American car, averaging around 6.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (43 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 17% difference compared to the Japanese 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 being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the Ford. 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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