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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1999 Volkswagen Sharan

To start off, 1999 Volkswagen Sharan is newer by 25 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1974 Renault 12. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1974 Renault 12 would be higher. At 1,984 cc (4 cylinders), 1999 Volkswagen Sharan is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1999 Volkswagen Sharan (114 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 61 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1999 Volkswagen Sharan should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1999 Volkswagen Sharan weights approximately 765 kg more than 1974 Renault 12. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. 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, 1999 Volkswagen Sharan (170 Nm @ 2400 RPM) has 74 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1999 Volkswagen Sharan will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 1999 Volkswagen Sharan
Make Renault Volkswagen
Model 12 Sharan
Year Released 1974 1999
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1984 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 114 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 170 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 2400 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1715 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4630 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1820 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1740 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2840 mm


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