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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2003. - 2007.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2002. - 2006.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

3812 mm
1639 mm
1417 mm
255 liters
1037 liters
50 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3953 mm
1698 mm
1441 mm
297 liters
960 liters
45 liters

Engine

Renault / Nissan
1.5 dCi K9K 700
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1461 cc
67 hp
160 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
1.4 TDI BNM
Diesel
3 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1422 cc
70 hp
155 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
955 kg
15.0 s
163 km/h
5.4 l/100km
3.7 l/100km
4.3 l/100km
115 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1106 kg
14.8 s
166 km/h
5.9 l/100km
4.1 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
127 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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Top speed
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Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

600 EUR
Price from
1100 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 diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a Renault-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 67hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 3-cylinder, 6-valves 70hp 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 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 city car segment, which is generally not a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the Spanish car offers a considerable difference of 16% 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, all the models observed together. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Renault with an average rating of 4.1, and models under the Seat badge with 4.4 out of 5. The same official information place Clio 18% above average, and Ibiza is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the French car rank it on average as 4.3, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.5 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Seat is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 166 kilometers per hour, 3km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 4.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (63 mpg), in combined cycle.

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 Spanish car offers significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. It all continues in the same direction, with Seat 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 really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Seat. 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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