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2002. - 2006. Production 2001. - 2004.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
hatchback, 3 door Body style hatchback, 3 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Dimensons & Volumes
4209 mm
Length 4182 mm
1777 mm
Width 1784 mm
1457 mm
Height 1475 mm
330 liters
Boot (min) 305 liters
1190 liters
Boot (max) 305 liters
60 liters
Fuel tank 58 liters
1.4 K4J LP
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1390 cc
Displacement 1242 cc
82 hp
Power 80 hp
124 Nm
Torque 114 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1120 kg
Vehicle weight 1065 kg
13.7 s
Acc. 0-100 13.4 s
173 km/h
Top speed 172 km/h
9.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.9 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.3 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.3 l/100km
162 g/km
CO2 emissions 149 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
Vehicle weight kg
Acc. 0-100 s
Top speed km/h
Cons. (urban) l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
CO2 emissions g/km
1300 EUR
Price from 1200 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


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 small family car segment and utilize the same 3-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 82hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 80hp engine designed by FIAT.


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. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the French car offers a marginal difference of 5% more metal.


Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning 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 Renault, as well as FIAT, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Megane 2% above average, and Stilo those same 2% below the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the French car rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.3 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

FIAT is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.3 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 172 kilometers per hour, 1km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Italian car, averaging around 6.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (45 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 10% difference compared to the French car.


FIAT 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 offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. From there things take a different direction, with FIAT offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the FIAT. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. 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™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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