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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2002. - 2006.
C - Small family car
cabriolet, 2 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2001. - 2005.
C - Small family car
cabriolet, 2 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

4355 mm
1777 mm
1404 mm
190 liters
490 liters
60 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4349 mm
1759 mm
1423 mm
232 liters
417 liters
60 liters

Engine

Renault
1.6 K4M
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1598 cc
112 hp
151 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Peugeot / Citroen
1.6 TU5 JP4
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1587 cc
109 hp
147 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1295 kg
11.8 s
195 km/h
9.1 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
164 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1413 kg
12.7 s
191 km/h
10.2 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
178 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1340 kg
13.6 s
186 km/h
10.8 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
7.8 l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

1200 EUR
Price from
1350 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 2-door cabriolet 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 112hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 109hp 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, 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, 307 offers a marginal difference of 9% 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, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Renault with an average rating of 4.1, 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. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as Megane rank it on average as 3.9, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.8 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Renault is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.9 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 195 kilometers per hour, 4km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Megane, averaging around 6.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (41 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 10% difference compared to 307.

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 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. 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 thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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