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1998. - 2004. Production 1997. - 2003.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
hatchback, 3 door Body style hatchback, 3 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Dimensons & Volumes
4110 mm
Length 4030 mm
1709 mm
Width 1680 mm
1425 mm
Height 1353 mm
370 liters
Boot (min) 338 liters
1180 liters
Boot (max) 1146 liters
52 liters
Fuel tank 60 liters
Opel / General Motors
1.8 Z18XE
Peugeot / Citroen
1.8 XU7 LFY
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1796 cc
Displacement 1761 cc
125 hp
Power 110 hp
165 Nm
Torque 155 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1115 kg
Vehicle weight 1070 kg
9.5 s
Acc. 0-100 11.2 s
205 km/h
Top speed 192 km/h
11.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 12.0 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.3 l/100km
7.8 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.3 l/100km
187 g/km
CO2 emissions 199 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
1135 kg
Vehicle weight kg
11.0 s
Acc. 0-100 s
198 km/h
Top speed km/h
12.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
6.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
8.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
207 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
1050 EUR
Price from 450 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


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 3-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 125hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 110hp engine designed by Peugeot.


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. 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. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the German car offers a marginal difference of 4% more metal.


I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Peugeot 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 Peugeot badge with 4.3 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Astra as average reliability-wise, and 306 is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the German car rank it on average as 4.9, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Opel 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 205 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 8.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (35 mpg), in combined cycle.


Opel 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 much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. It all continues in the same direction, with Opel being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but 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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