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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 / Nissan
1.5 dCi K9K 846
Peugeot / Ford
1.4 DV4 TD
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1461 cc
Displacement 1398 cc
107 hp
Power 70 hp
240 Nm
Torque 150 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1150 kg
Vehicle weight 1154 kg
11.1 s
Acc. 0-100 15.2 s
185 km/h
Top speed 160 km/h
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 5.5 l/100km
4.0 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.0 l/100km
4.5 l/100km
Cons. (average) 4.5 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 120 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 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 diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a Renault-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 107hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 70hp 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. 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? On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, 307 offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem 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 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 3.9, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.4 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Renault is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 4.1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 185 kilometers per hour, 25km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 4.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (63 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Peugeot 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 slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Renault outracing its opponent in any situation possible, making it better choice for boy racers. Fuel consumption is more or less the same. It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be 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. 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™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.


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