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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
2.2 Z22SE
Peugeot / Citroen
2.0 XU10 J4 RS
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
2197 cc
Displacement 1998 cc
147 hp
Power 167 hp
203 Nm
Torque 193 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1155 kg
Vehicle weight 1055 kg
8.8 s
Acc. 0-100 8.8 s
214 km/h
Top speed 218 km/h
12.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 13.6 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 7.1 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
Cons. (average) 9.4 l/100km
CO2 emissions 224 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
1175 kg
Vehicle weight kg
10.0 s
Acc. 0-100 s
208 km/h
Top speed km/h
11.7 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
6.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
8.5 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
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 147hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 167hp engine designed by Peugeot.


Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), 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. Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the German car offers a marginal difference of 9% more metal.


Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Peugeot does have a slight advantage, 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 Peugeot badge with 4.4 out of 5. The same official information place 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 2.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Both of the cars accelerate exactly the same, so we couldn't put one above the other. Car No. 2 is faster though, reaching top speed of 218 kilometers per hour, 4km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the German car, averaging around 8.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (34 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 12% difference compared to the French car.


Peugeot 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. When it comes to performance, both vehicles provide similar experience, so I wouldn't point any of them out. the German car , on the other hand, consumps significantly less fuel, and that's a big plus. All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Opel. 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. 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™, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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