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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2008. - 2011.
M - MPV
MPV, 5 door
Front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2009. - 2013.
M - MPV
MPV, 5 door
Front

Dimensons & Volumes

4476 mm
1801 mm
1635 mm
540 liters
1820 liters
58 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4560 mm
1845 mm
1645 mm
645 liters
2050 liters
60 liters

Engine

Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1910 cc
150 hp
305 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Renault
1.9 F9Q-758
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1870 cc
130 hp
300 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1528 kg
10.4 s
202 km/h
7.7 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
165 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1487 kg
10.5 s
195 km/h
5.1 l/100km
4.0 l/100km
4.4 l/100km
115 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1528 kg
10.7 s
198 km/h
9.8 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
7.2 l/100km
194 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
l/100km
l/100km
g/km

Expenses

5300 EUR
196 - 241 EUR
Price from
Tax
4990 EUR
196 - 250 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 mpv segment and utilize the same 5-door MPV 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, 16-valves 150hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 130hp engine designed by Renault.

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 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 mpv segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. 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 3% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Renault does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Opel with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Renault badge with 4.1 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Zafira as average reliability-wise, and Grand Scenic 27% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the German car rank it on average as 4.1 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Opel is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 202 kilometers per hour, 7km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the French car, averaging around 4.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (64 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 39% 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 German car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. 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 Renault. 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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