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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2003 Kia Sorento

To start off, 2003 Kia Sorento is newer by 29 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 2,359 cc (4 cylinders), 2003 Kia Sorento is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 Kia Sorento (138 HP @ 3800 RPM) has 85 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2003 Kia Sorento should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 Kia Sorento weights approximately 1030 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.

Because 2003 Kia Sorento is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1974 Renault 12. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2003 Kia Sorento will offer significantly more control. 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, 2003 Kia Sorento (314 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 218 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2003 Kia Sorento will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2003 Kia Sorento has automatic transmission and 1974 Renault 12 has manual transmission. 1974 Renault 12 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2003 Kia Sorento will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2003 Kia Sorento
Make Renault Kia
Model 12 Sorento
Year Released 1974 2003
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 2359 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 138 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 3800 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 314 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 2000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Front 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1980 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4500 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1840 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1710 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2670 mm


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