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2006. - 2008. Production 2005. - 2008.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door Body style hatchback, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4209 mm
Length 4212 mm
1777 mm
Width 1746 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
1.9 F9Q-758
Peugeot / Ford
2.0 DW10 BTED4 / RHR
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1870 cc
Displacement 1997 cc
130 hp
Power 136 hp
300 Nm
Torque 320 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1245 kg
Vehicle weight 1338 kg
9.0 s
Acc. 0-100 9.8 s
200 km/h
Top speed 202 km/h
7.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.1 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.5 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.4 l/100km
148 g/km
CO2 emissions 142 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
1260 kg
Vehicle weight kg
10.6 s
Acc. 0-100 s
197 km/h
Top speed km/h
9.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
5.2 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
6.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
175 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
2600 EUR
Price from 2400 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 5-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 130hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 136hp 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. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. 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, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, 307 offers a marginal difference of 7% 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, all the models observed together. These are the official statistics, 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. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as Megane rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.4 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Renault is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.8 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 200 kilometers per hour, 2km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (51 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 offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. 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™, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.


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