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2002. - 2006. Production 2001. - 2005.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
sedan, 4 door Body style sedan, 4 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4498 mm
Length 4382 mm
1777 mm
Width 1702 mm
1457 mm
Height 1429 mm
520 liters
Boot (min) 490 liters
520 liters
Boot (max) 490 liters
60 liters
Fuel tank 55 liters
Engine
Renault / Nissan
1.5 dCi K9K 728
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1461 cc
Displacement 1753 cc
86 hp
Power 90 hp
200 Nm
Torque 200 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1180 kg
Vehicle weight 1321 kg
12.8 s
Acc. 0-100 12.5 s
175 km/h
Top speed 180 km/h
5.7 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.2 l/100km
4.2 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.4 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.4 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 142 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
g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
1300 EUR
Price from 1450 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 4-door sedan 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 86hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 90hp engine designed by Ford.

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. 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 it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the American car offers a considerable difference of 12% 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 Ford badge with 4.4 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Megane 2% above average, and Focus 37% above the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the French car rank it on average as 4.3 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Ford is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.3 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 180 kilometers per hour, 5km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the French car, averaging around 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (60 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 15% difference compared to the American car.

Verdict

Ford 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 this case though, it seems that both cars show similar levels of passenger protection all together, so that won't break a tie. But one thing that actually could is the performance, with Ford offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. 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. 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 more than 12.000 different ones in our database.
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