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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2005 Mercedes-Benz A

To start off, 2005 Mercedes-Benz A is newer by 31 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 1,395 cc (4 cylinders), 2005 Mercedes-Benz A is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Mercedes-Benz A (80 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 27 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz A should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz A weights approximately 70 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, 2005 Mercedes-Benz A (130 Nm @ 3750 RPM) has 34 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2005 Mercedes-Benz A will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2005 Mercedes-Benz A 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. 2005 Mercedes-Benz A will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2005 Mercedes-Benz A
Make Renault Mercedes-Benz
Model 12 A
Year Released 1974 2005
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1395 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 80 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 130 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3750 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1020 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 3790 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1590 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2600 mm


 

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