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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2000. - 2003.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1998. - 2001.
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
3773 mm
1639 mm
1417 mm
255 liters
1037 liters
50 liters
2000 Nissan Micra
1998 Renault Clio

Engine

Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1348 cc
82 hp
108 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Renault
1.4 K7J 710
Petrol
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1390 cc
75 hp
112 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
935 kg
12.1 s
170 km/h
8.8 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
160 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
960 kg
14.8 s
165 km/h
9.9 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
7.4 l/100km
174 g/km

Expenses

1200 EUR
Price from
500 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, 8-valves 75hp engine designed by Renault.

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 Renault displaying significantly better structural stability. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. 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, the French car offers a considerable difference of 11% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, all the models observed together. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Nissan with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the Renault badge with 4.1 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Micra as average reliability-wise, and Clio is more or less at the same level.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 4.3 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Nissan is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.2 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 170 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 6.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (46 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 11% difference compared to the French car.


Verdict

Renault 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 French 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 Nissan offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. 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 Renault. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. 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, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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