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2002. - 2006. Production 2001. - 2005.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
hatchback, 3 door Body style hatchback, 3 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4209 mm
Length 4202 mm
1777 mm
Width 1730 mm
1457 mm
Height 1510 mm
330 liters
Boot (min) 341 liters
1190 liters
Boot (max) 1328 liters
60 liters
Fuel tank 60 liters
Engine
Renault
2.0 F4Rt
Peugeot / Citroen
2.0 EW10 J4 (RFN)
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1998 cc
Displacement 1997 cc
163 hp
Power 136 hp
270 Nm
Torque 190 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1230 kg
Vehicle weight 1177 kg
8.3 s
Acc. 0-100 9.1 s
220 km/h
Top speed 205 km/h
11.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.9 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.2 l/100km
8.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.9 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 188 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
kg
Vehicle weight 1213 kg
s
Acc. 0-100 10.1 s
km/h
Top speed 200 km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) 12.4 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.0 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.3 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 198 g/km
Expenses
1300 EUR
Price from 1550 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 163hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 136hp engine designed by Peugeot.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the Renault being a slightly better choice apparently. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. 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, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, Megane offers a marginal difference of 5% more metal.

Reliability

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 with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Peugeot badge with 4.3 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Megane 2% above average, and 307 5% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Megane rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.8 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Renault is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 220 kilometers per hour, 15km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (35 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, Megane offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. It all continues in the same direction, with Renault 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. 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. 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™, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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