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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
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Model
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2012. - 2015.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2011. - 2015.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

4302 mm
1808 mm
1471 mm
372 liters
1162 liters
60 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4358 mm
1823 mm
1484 mm
363 liters
1148 liters
55 liters

Engine

Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1998 cc
220 hp
340 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Mazda / Ford
2.0 LF-VD Turbo
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1999 cc
250 hp
340 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1301 kg
7.6 s
240 km/h
9.6 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
169 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1285 kg
6.5 s
248 km/h
9.9 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
7.2 l/100km
169 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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Vehicle weight
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Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
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CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

4890 EUR
Price from
4350 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 petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Renault-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 220hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 250hp engine designed by Mazda.

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 Ford 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, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the French car offers a marginal difference of 1% 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. That's the official data, 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 as average reliability-wise, and Focus is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the French car rank it on average as 3.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Ford is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 248 kilometers per hour, 8km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 7.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (39 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. It all continues in the same direction, with Ford being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Ford. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. 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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