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Car #1
Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2003. - 2006.
B - City car
hatchback, 3 door
Front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2003. - 2007.
B - City car
hatchback, 3 door
Front

Dimensons & Volumes

3839 mm
1646 mm
1440 mm
260 liters
1060 liters
44 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3812 mm
1639 mm
1417 mm
255 liters
1037 liters
50 liters

Engine

Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1248 cc
70 hp
180 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Renault / Nissan
1.5 dCi K9K 700
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1461 cc
67 hp
160 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1010 kg
14.5 s
165 km/h
5.7 l/100km
3.8 l/100km
4.5 l/100km
122 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
15.0 s
163 km/h
5.4 l/100km
3.7 l/100km
4.3 l/100km
115 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1010 kg
16.0 s
165 km/h
5.5 l/100km
3.7 l/100km
4.4 l/100km
119 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km

Expenses

1350 EUR
109 - 132 EUR
Price from
Tax
1450 EUR
123 - 147 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 3-door hatchback body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a FIAT-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 70hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 67hp engine designed by Renault.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. 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. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the German car offers a marginal difference of 8% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Renault does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Opel with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Renault badge with 4.1 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Corsa 16% below average, and Clio 34% above the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the German car rank it on average as 4.3 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Opel is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.5 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 165 kilometers per hour, 2km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 4.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (64 mpg), in combined cycle.

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 German car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Opel offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Renault. 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. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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