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1998. - 2004. Production 1997. - 2001.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door Body style hatchback, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4110 mm
Length 4325 mm
1709 mm
Width 1695 mm
1425 mm
Height 1390 mm
370 liters
Boot (min) 380 liters
1180 liters
Boot (max) 830 liters
52 liters
Fuel tank 55 liters
Engine
Opel / General Motors
1.2 X12XE
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.
1199 cc
Displacement 1396 cc
65 hp
Power 90 hp
110 Nm
Torque 120 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1045 kg
Vehicle weight 1055 kg
16.0 s
Acc. 0-100 13.3 s
165 km/h
Top speed 176 km/h
8.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.4 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.4 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.5 l/100km
149 g/km
CO2 emissions 184 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
kg
Vehicle weight 1085 kg
s
Acc. 0-100 14.4 s
km/h
Top speed 175 km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.7 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) 7.5 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.6 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
1050 EUR
Price from 1200 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 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 Opel-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 65hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 90hp engine designed by Honda.

Safety

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 Japanese car offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

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 Opel with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Honda badge with 4.7 out of 5. The same official information place Astra as average reliability-wise, and Civic 37% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the German car rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Honda is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.7 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 176 kilometers per hour, 11km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the German car, averaging around 6.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (46 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 21% 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 German car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. 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 really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Opel. 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™, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.
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