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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 4342 mm
1777 mm
Width 1840 mm
1457 mm
Height 1447 mm
330 liters
Boot (min) 385 liters
1190 liters
Boot (max) 1245 liters
60 liters
Fuel tank 55 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 1753 cc
130 hp
Power 115 hp
300 Nm
Torque 280 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1245 kg
Vehicle weight 1315 kg
9.0 s
Acc. 0-100 10.8 s
200 km/h
Top speed 190 km/h
7.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 6.7 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.3 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.2 l/100km
148 g/km
CO2 emissions 137 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 2800 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 115hp 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 same number of safety stars gained in the process. 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, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the American car offers a marginal difference of 6% 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 results of an independent reasearch, 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 19% above the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the French car rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.5 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Renault is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 200 kilometers per hour, 10km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (52 mpg), in combined cycle.

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 my opinion, everything taken into account, the American car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Renault being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Ford. 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™, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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