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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
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2004. - 2007.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 3 door
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Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2004. - 2007.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 3 door
Front

Dimensons & Volumes

4290 mm
1753 mm
1435 mm
380 liters
1265 liters
52 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4182 mm
1784 mm
1475 mm
305 liters
305 liters
58 liters

Engine

Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1910 cc
120 hp
280 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1910 cc
120 hp
280 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1305 kg
10.5 s
193 km/h
7.4 l/100km
4.9 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
157 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1240 kg
10.7 s
194 km/h
6.7 l/100km
4.5 l/100km
5.3 l/100km
139 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
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km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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s
km/h
l/100km
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l/100km
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Expenses

2350 EUR
196 - 228 EUR
Price from
Tax
1699 EUR
196 - 228 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. Not only that they both belong to the small family car segment and utilize the same 3-door hatchback body style, they are even powered by the same FIAT-developed diesel engine! There is not much there to point us towards one vehicle or the other. Or is it?

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. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. 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, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the German 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 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. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as these two vehicles rank it on average as 4.4 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Opel is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.2 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 193 kilometers per hour, 1km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (51 mpg), in combined cycle.

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 offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. 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 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. 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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