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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

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the Opel being a slightly better choice apparently. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the Japanese car 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 Honda as a brand displays somewhat better results, all the models observed together. 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. Independent research findings rank 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. 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. 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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