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Car #2
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2007. - 2009.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front
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Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2007. - 2010.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Outlines

4249 mm
1753 mm
1460 mm
380 liters
1295 liters
52 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4336 mm
1792 mm
1498 mm
400 liters
1175 liters
58 liters
2007 Opel Astra
2007 FIAT Bravo

Engine

Isuzu
1.7 4EE2
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1686 cc
110 hp
260 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1598 cc
105 hp
290 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1265 kg
11.7 s
185 km/h
6.5 l/100km
4.4 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
140 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1295 kg
11.3 s
187 km/h
5.8 l/100km
3.8 l/100km
4.5 l/100km
119 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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Expenses

1700 EUR
Price from
2500 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 hatchback 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 Isuzu-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 110hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 105hp engine designed by FIAT.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, 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, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the Italian car offers a marginal difference of 2% 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, all the models observed together. 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 as average reliability-wise, and Bravo is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the German car rank it on average as 4.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 2.8 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

FIAT is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.4 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 187 kilometers per hour, 2km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Italian car, averaging around 4.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (63 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 16% difference compared to the German car.


Verdict

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 Italian car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with FIAT offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. 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 FIAT. 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, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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