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1998. - 2004. Production 1998. - 2003.
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 4397 mm
1709 mm
Width 1735 mm
1510 mm
Height 1473 mm
480 liters
Boot (min) 460 liters
1500 liters
Boot (max) 1470 liters
52 liters
Fuel tank 55 liters
Engine
Opel / General Motors
2.0 Y20DTL
Volkswagen
1.9 TDI AGR
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1995 cc
Displacement 1896 cc
82 hp
Power 90 hp
185 Nm
Torque 210 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1220 kg
Vehicle weight 1304 kg
14.5 s
Acc. 0-100 13.0 s
168 km/h
Top speed 180 km/h
6.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 6.6 l/100km
4.0 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.2 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.0 l/100km
129 g/km
CO2 emissions 135 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
automatic - 4 gears
1260 kg
Vehicle weight 1262 kg
16.0 s
Acc. 0-100 15.0 s
165 km/h
Top speed 176 km/h
9.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 8.9 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.8 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.3 l/100km
185 g/km
CO2 emissions 170 g/km
Expenses
1050 EUR
Price from 1300 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 diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a Opel-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 82hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 90hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

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 same number of safety stars gained in the process. 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, Golf offers a marginal difference of 7% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, 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 Volkswagen badge with 4.3 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Astra as average reliability-wise, and Golf 20% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Astra rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.2 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Volkswagen is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.5 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 180 kilometers per hour, 12km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 4.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (58 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Volkswagen 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, Golf offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Volkswagen being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Volkswagen. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser™, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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