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2006. - 2008. Production 2004. - 2007.
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 4253 mm
1777 mm
Width 1756 mm
1457 mm
Height 1475 mm
330 liters
Boot (min) 370 liters
1190 liters
Boot (max) 370 liters
60 liters
Fuel tank 58 liters
Engine
Renault
1.9 F9Q-758
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1870 cc
Displacement 1910 cc
130 hp
Power 140 hp
300 Nm
Torque 305 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1245 kg
Vehicle weight 1340 kg
9.0 s
Acc. 0-100 9.8 s
200 km/h
Top speed 200 km/h
7.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.8 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.4 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.6 l/100km
148 g/km
CO2 emissions 153 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 1699 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 140hp engine designed by FIAT.

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, the Italian car offers a marginal difference of 8% 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 results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Renault, as well as FIAT, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Megane 2% above average, and Stilo those same 2% 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 3.3 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, exactly the same as the other car does. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (50 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Renault 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, the French car 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. Fuel consumption is more or less the same. No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for 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™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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