1975 Lancia Beta vs. 2003 Volvo V50

To start off, 2003 Volvo V50 is newer by 28 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1975 Lancia Beta. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1975 Lancia Beta would be higher. At 2,521 cc (5 cylinders), 2003 Volvo V50 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 Volvo V50 (134 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 19 more horse power than 1975 Lancia Beta. (115 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2003 Volvo V50 should accelerate faster than 1975 Lancia Beta. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 Volvo V50 weights approximately 378 kg more than 1975 Lancia Beta. 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, 2003 Volvo V50 (220 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 44 more torque (in Nm) than 1975 Lancia Beta. (176 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 2003 Volvo V50 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1975 Lancia Beta. 2003 Volvo V50 has automatic transmission and 1975 Lancia Beta has manual transmission. 1975 Lancia Beta will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2003 Volvo V50 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1975 Lancia Beta 2003 Volvo V50
Make Lancia Volvo
Model Beta V50
Year Released 1975 2003
Body Type Hatchback Station Wagon
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1995 cc 2521 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 5 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 115 HP 134 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 176 Nm 220 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 4000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 84 mm 83 mm
Engine Stroke Size 90 mm 90 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 8.9:1 10.3:1
Top Speed 180 km/hour 200 km/hour
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1060 kg 1438 kg
Vehicle Length 4290 mm 4520 mm
Vehicle Width 1660 mm 1780 mm
Vehicle Height 1330 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2760 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 51 L 62 L


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