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2005. - 2009.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
front
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Wheel drive
Safety
2005. - 2010.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

4839 mm
1798 mm
1500 mm
530 liters
1850 liters
61 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4774 mm
1820 mm
1517 mm
603 liters
1731 liters
70 liters
2005 Opel Vectra Stationwagon
2005 Volkswagen Passat Variant

Engine

Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1910 cc
120 hp
280 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
1.9 TDI BJB
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1896 cc
105 hp
250 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1525 kg
11.9 s
195 km/h
7.6 l/100km
4.9 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
159 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1440 kg
12.7 s
190 km/h
5.5 l/100km
3.9 l/100km
4.5 l/100km
119 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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Expenses

1600 EUR
Price from
2700 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 large 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 diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a FIAT-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 120hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 105hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

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 Volkswagen 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 large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, Vectra offers a marginal difference of 6% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, when all the models are taken into account. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Opel, as well as Volkswagen, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Vectra as average reliability-wise, and Passat is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Vectra rank it on average as 4.5, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.4 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Opel is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 195 kilometers per hour, 5km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Passat, averaging around 4.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (63 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 31% difference compared to Vectra.


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, Passat offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different 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... It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the Volkswagen. 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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