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1998. - 2004. Production 1997. - 2001.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
wagon, 5 door Body style wagon, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4288 mm
Length 4425 mm
1709 mm
Width 1695 mm
1510 mm
Height 1410 mm
480 liters
Boot (min) 415 liters
1500 liters
Boot (max) 1312 liters
52 liters
Fuel tank 55 liters
Engine
Opel / General Motors
1.8 X18XE1
Honda
1.8 B18C4
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1796 cc
Displacement 1797 cc
115 hp
Power 170 hp
170 Nm
Torque 166 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1150 kg
Vehicle weight 1210 kg
10.5 s
Acc. 0-100 8.8 s
195 km/h
Top speed 215 km/h
11.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 11.3 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 7.4 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.8 l/100km
192 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
1170 kg
Vehicle weight kg
11.5 s
Acc. 0-100 s
190 km/h
Top speed km/h
11.9 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
6.5 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
8.5 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
204 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 wagon 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 115hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 170hp engine designed by Honda.

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 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, 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 Japanese car offers a marginal difference of 5% 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. Some independent research have also placed 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 4.3, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Honda is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.7 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 215 kilometers per hour, 20km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the German car, averaging around 8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (35 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 10% 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... I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - the 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. 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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