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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2002. - 2006.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 3 door
Front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2006. - 2009.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 3 door
Front

Dimensons & Volumes

4209 mm
1777 mm
1457 mm
330 liters
1190 liters
60 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4045 mm
1695 mm
1470 mm
270 liters
944 liters
45 liters

Engine

Renault
1.4 K4J LP
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1390 cc
82 hp
124 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Hyundai
1.4 Kappa
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1399 cc
97 hp
126 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1120 kg
13.7 s
173 km/h
9.2 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
162 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1055 kg
12.3 s
177 km/h
8.0 l/100km
5.1 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
146 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1077 kg
14.5 s
168 km/h
9.4 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
164 g/km

Expenses

1450 EUR
133 - 159 EUR
Price from
Tax
2800 EUR
149 - 177 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 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 97hp engine designed by Hyundai.

Safety

The fact that the Renault got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, puts it sky-high safety-wise, in my eyes at least. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the French car 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. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Renault with an average rating of 4.1, and models under the Hyundai badge with 4.6 out of 5. The same official information place Megane 2% above average, and Accent 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 4.6 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Hyundai is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.4 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 177 kilometers per hour, 4km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Korean car, averaging around 6.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (46 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 11% difference compared to the French car.

Verdict

Hyundai 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. From there things take a different direction, with Hyundai being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Renault. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. 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, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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