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2002. - 2006. Production 2004. - 2007.
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 4290 mm
1777 mm
Width 1753 mm
1457 mm
Height 1435 mm
330 liters
Boot (min) 380 liters
1190 liters
Boot (max) 1265 liters
60 liters
Fuel tank 52 liters
Engine
Renault
2.0 F4Rt
Opel / General Motors
2.0 Z20LEL
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1998 cc
Displacement 1998 cc
163 hp
Power 170 hp
270 Nm
Torque 250 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1230 kg
Vehicle weight 1265 kg
8.3 s
Acc. 0-100 8.5 s
220 km/h
Top speed 220 km/h
11.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 12.8 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.8 l/100km
8.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) 9.0 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 216 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
kg
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
g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
1300 EUR
Price from 2700 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 170hp engine designed by Opel.

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 same number of safety stars gained in the process. 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. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the German car offers a marginal difference of 3% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Renault does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Renault, as well as Opel, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Megane 2% above average, and Astra 19% below the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with 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 a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.2 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 220 kilometers per hour, exactly the same as the other car does. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the French car, averaging around 8.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (35 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 11% difference compared to the German car.

Verdict

Renault is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. 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 German car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Renault offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! 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. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser™, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.


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