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Car #2
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2009. - 2012.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2009. - 2015.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Outlines

4419 mm
1814 mm
1510 mm
370 liters
1235 liters
56 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4510 mm
1788 mm
1477 mm
413 liters
1254 liters
60 liters
2009 Opel Astra
2009 Chevrolet Cruze

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
Isuzu
1.7 4EE2
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1686 cc
110 hp
260 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1418 kg
12.6 s
181 km/h
5.4 l/100km
4.0 l/100km
4.5 l/100km
119 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1429 kg
12.5 s
180 km/h
4.7 l/100km
3.5 l/100km
3.9 l/100km
104 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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Expenses

3000 EUR
Price from
3800 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 5-door hatchback body style, they are even powered by the same Isuzu-developed diesel engine! There is not much there to point us towards one vehicle or the other. Or is it?

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. 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. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the American car offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Chevrolet does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Opel, as well as Chevrolet, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Astra as average reliability-wise, and Cruze is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as these two vehicles rank it on average as 4.8 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Chevrolet is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.1 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 180 kilometers per hour, 1km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the American car, averaging around 3.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (72 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 15% difference compared to the German car.


Verdict

Chevrolet 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 American car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Chevrolet 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 Chevrolet. 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. 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 thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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