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2006. - 2008. Production 2007. - 2010.
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 4245 mm
1777 mm
Width 1775 mm
1457 mm
Height 1470 mm
330 liters
Boot (min) 340 liters
1190 liters
Boot (max) 1250 liters
60 liters
Fuel tank 53 liters
Engine
Renault
1.9 F9Q-758
Hyundai
2.0 D-Line II
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1870 cc
Displacement 1991 cc
130 hp
Power 140 hp
300 Nm
Torque 304 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1245 kg
Vehicle weight 1329 kg
9.0 s
Acc. 0-100 10.3 s
200 km/h
Top speed 205 km/h
7.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.2 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.4 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.5 l/100km
148 g/km
CO2 emissions 145 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 4650 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 Hyundai.

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. 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, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the Korean car offers a marginal difference of 7% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears 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 Hyundai badge with 4.7 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Megane 2% above average, and i30 30% above 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 4.7 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Renault is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.3 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 200 kilometers per hour, 5km/h less than the other car. 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 (51 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Hyundai is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. 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 being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. 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. 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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