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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2001. - 2003.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1998. - 2004.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Marketing

Dimensons & Outlines

3812 mm
1639 mm
1417 mm
255 liters
1037 liters
50 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3675 mm
1595 mm
1450 mm
235 liters
890 liters
40 liters
2001 Renault Clio
1998 Daihatsu Sirion

Engine

Renault
1.6 K4M-710
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1598 cc
107 hp
148 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Daihatsu
1.3 K3-VE
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1298 cc
102 hp
120 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
990 kg
9.6 s
193 km/h
9.3 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
165 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
850 kg
9.6 s
180 km/h
7.6 l/100km
4.6 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
154 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1015 kg
10.5 s
188 km/h
10.6 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
7.4 l/100km
175 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
850 kg
11.1 s
170 km/h
8.6 l/100km
5.0 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
g/km

Expenses

600 EUR
Price from
1300 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 city car segment and utilize the same 5-door hatchback body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Renault-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 107hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 102hp engine designed by Daihatsu.

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 Renault being a slightly better choice apparently. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the city car segment, which is generally not a very 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 French car offers a considerable difference of 16% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Daihatsu 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 Renault, as well as Daihatsu, with the same average rating of 4.1 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the French car rank it on average as 3.7, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Both of the cars accelerate exactly the same, so we couldn't put one above the other. Car No. 1 reaches top speed of 180 kilometers per hour, 13km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Japanese car, averaging around 5.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (50 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 23% difference compared to the French car.


Verdict

Renault 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 French car beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. When it comes to performance, both vehicles provide similar experience, so I wouldn't point any of them out. the Japanese car , on the other hand, consumps significantly less fuel, and that's a big plus. At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. 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. 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, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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