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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

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, 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

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. That's the official data, 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. Independent research findings rank Megane 2% above average, and i30 30% above the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the French car rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.8 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. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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