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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
Safety
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
Engine
Renault
2.0 F4Rt
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1998 cc
Displacement 1747 cc
163 hp
Power 133 hp
270 Nm
Torque 162 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1230 kg
Vehicle weight 1215 kg
8.3 s
Acc. 0-100 9.9 s
220 km/h
Top speed 202 km/h
11.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 11.3 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.1 l/100km
8.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.0 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 190 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
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Vehicle weight kg
s
Acc. 0-100 s
km/h
Top speed km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
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CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
1300 EUR
Price from 1200 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 133hp engine designed by FIAT.

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. 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, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the French car offers a marginal difference of 1% 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, all the models observed together. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Renault, as well as FIAT, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. The same official information place Megane 2% above average, and Stilo those same 2% below the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the French car rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Renault is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.6 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 220 kilometers per hour, 18km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 8.1 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, the French car offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. It all continues in the same direction, with Renault being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - the Renault. 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™, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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