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1998. - 2004. Production 2001. - 2005.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
sedan, 4 door Body style sedan, 4 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4252 mm
Length 4382 mm
1709 mm
Width 1702 mm
1425 mm
Height 1429 mm
460 liters
Boot (min) 490 liters
1230 liters
Boot (max) 490 liters
52 liters
Fuel tank 55 liters
Engine
Opel / General Motors
2.2 Z22SE
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
2197 cc
Displacement 1988 cc
147 hp
Power 130 hp
203 Nm
Torque 178 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1175 kg
Vehicle weight 1276 kg
8.8 s
Acc. 0-100 9.3 s
214 km/h
Top speed 201 km/h
12.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 11.7 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.9 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.6 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 205 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
automatic - 4 gears
1195 kg
Vehicle weight 1291 kg
10.0 s
Acc. 0-100 s
208 km/h
Top speed km/h
11.7 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 13.0 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 7.3 l/100km
8.5 l/100km
Cons. (average) 9.4 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 222 g/km
Expenses
1050 EUR
Price from 1450 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 4-door sedan 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 147hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 130hp engine designed by Ford.

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 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 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, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the American car offers a marginal difference of 9% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Ford does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Opel with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Ford badge with 4.4 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Astra as average reliability-wise, and Focus 39% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the German car rank it on average as 2.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

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 214 kilometers per hour, 13km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (33 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Ford 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 American car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Opel 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 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 thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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