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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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2000. - 2003.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1998. - 2004.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

3746 mm
1595 mm
1440 mm
206 liters
960 liters
42 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3675 mm
1595 mm
1450 mm
235 liters
890 liters
40 liters
2000 Nissan Micra
1998 Daihatsu Sirion

Engine

Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1348 cc
82 hp
108 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Daihatsu
1.3 K3-VE
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1298 cc
102 hp
120 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
845 kg
11.9 s
170 km/h
7.7 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
147 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
850 kg
9.6 s
180 km/h
7.6 l/100km
4.6 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
154 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

cvt - gears
880 kg
12.5 s
164 km/h
8.5 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
155 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
850 kg
11.1 s
170 km/h
8.6 l/100km
5.0 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
g/km

Expenses

1200 EUR
Price from
1300 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 city car segment and utilize the same 5-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 Nissan-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 82hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 102hp engine designed by Daihatsu.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, with the Daihatsu being a slightly better choice apparently. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the city car segment, which is generally not a very good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Sirion offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Daihatsu does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Nissan with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the Daihatsu badge with 4.1 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Micra rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Daihatsu is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.3 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 180 kilometers per hour, 10km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (48 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Nissan 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, Sirion offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. It all continues in the same direction, with Daihatsu being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Daihatsu. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. 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, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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