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2002. - 2006. Production 2006. - 2009.
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 4045 mm
1777 mm
Width 1695 mm
1457 mm
Height 1470 mm
330 liters
Boot (min) 270 liters
1190 liters
Boot (max) 944 liters
60 liters
Fuel tank 45 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 1599 cc
163 hp
Power 110 hp
270 Nm
Torque 145 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1230 kg
Vehicle weight 1055 kg
8.3 s
Acc. 0-100 10.2 s
220 km/h
Top speed 190 km/h
11.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 8.4 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.2 l/100km
8.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.4 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 152 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
kg
Vehicle weight 1077 kg
s
Acc. 0-100 12.0 s
km/h
Top speed 176 km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.6 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.5 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.0 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 167 g/km
Expenses
1300 EUR
Price from 3200 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 110hp 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, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the French car offers a considerable difference of 17% 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 results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Renault with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Hyundai badge with 4.7 out of 5. The same official information place Megane 2% above average, and Accent 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 5.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Renault is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.9 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 220 kilometers per hour, 30km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Korean car, averaging around 6.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (44 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 27% 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. 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... All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but 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. 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™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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