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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2004 Mercedes-Benz Vaneo

To start off, 2004 Mercedes-Benz Vaneo is newer by 30 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 1,991 cc (4 cylinders), 2004 Mercedes-Benz Vaneo is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Mercedes-Benz Vaneo (123 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 70 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2004 Mercedes-Benz Vaneo should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Mercedes-Benz Vaneo weights approximately 430 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, 2004 Mercedes-Benz Vaneo (186 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 90 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2004 Mercedes-Benz Vaneo will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2004 Mercedes-Benz Vaneo 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. 2004 Mercedes-Benz Vaneo will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2004 Mercedes-Benz Vaneo
Make Renault Mercedes-Benz
Model 12 Vaneo
Year Released 1974 2004
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1991 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 123 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 186 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1380 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4200 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1750 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1840 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2910 mm


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