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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
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2004. - 2007.
C - Small family car
wagon, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2004. - 2007.
C - Small family car
wagon, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

4515 mm
1753 mm
1500 mm
500 liters
1590 liters
52 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4516 mm
1756 mm
1570 mm
510 liters
1480 liters
58 liters

Engine

Opel / General Motors
2.0 Z20LEL
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1998 cc
170 hp
250 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Opel / General Motors
1.6 X16XE
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1598 cc
105 hp
150 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1325 kg
8.9 s
217 km/h
13.2 l/100km
7.2 l/100km
9.4 l/100km
226 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1315 kg
12.8 s
183 km/h
9.2 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
7.2 l/100km
170 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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Expenses

2000 EUR
Price from
1699 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. Both the engines are Opel-engineered . The first one has a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 170hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 105hp one.

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 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 that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. 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 1% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that FIAT 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, as well as FIAT, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. The same official information place Astra 17% below average, and Stilo those same 17% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the German car rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.9 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Opel is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 3.9 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 217 kilometers per hour, 34km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy an obvious choice would be the Italian car, averaging around 7.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (39 mpg), in combined cycle. That's 31% difference compared to the German car!

Verdict

FIAT 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 outracing its opponent in any situation possible, making it better choice for boy racers. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say FIAT. 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. 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, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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