1973 Volvo 164 vs. 2010 Mercedes-Benz A

To start off, 2010 Mercedes-Benz A is newer by 37 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1973 Volvo 164. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1973 Volvo 164 would be higher. At 2,976 cc (6 cylinders), 1973 Volvo 164 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1973 Volvo 164 (142 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 4 more horse power than 2010 Mercedes-Benz A. (138 HP @ 4200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1973 Volvo 164 should accelerate faster than 2010 Mercedes-Benz A. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2010 Mercedes-Benz A weights approximately 5 kg more than 1973 Volvo 164.

Because 1973 Volvo 164 is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1973 Volvo 164. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2010 Mercedes-Benz A, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2010 Mercedes-Benz A (300 Nm @ 1600 RPM) has 79 more torque (in Nm) than 1973 Volvo 164. (221 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2010 Mercedes-Benz A will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1973 Volvo 164.

Compare all specifications:

1973 Volvo 164 2010 Mercedes-Benz A
Make Volvo Mercedes-Benz
Model 164 A
Year Released 1973 2010
Body Type Sedan Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2976 cc 1991 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 142 HP 138 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 4200 RPM
Torque 221 Nm 300 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 1600 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1360 kg 1365 kg
Vehicle Length 4720 mm 3840 mm
Vehicle Width 1720 mm 1770 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1600 mm
Wheelbase Size 2730 mm 2570 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 58 L 54 L


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