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1986 Ford Escort vs. 2000 Volkswagen Beetle

To start off, 2000 Volkswagen Beetle is newer by 14 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1986 Ford Escort. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1986 Ford Escort would be higher. At 2,324 cc, 2000 Volkswagen Beetle is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2000 Volkswagen Beetle (167 HP @ 6200 RPM) has 108 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2000 Volkswagen Beetle should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2000 Volkswagen Beetle weights approximately 417 kg more than 1986 Ford Escort. 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, 2000 Volkswagen Beetle (220 Nm @ 3300 RPM) has 110 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2000 Volkswagen Beetle will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 2000 Volkswagen Beetle
Make Ford Volkswagen
Model Escort Beetle
Year Released 1986 2000
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 2324 cc
Horse Power 59 HP 167 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 6200 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 220 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 3300 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.5 mm 81 mm
Engine Stroke Size 82 mm 90.2 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 21.5:1 10.8:1
Top Speed 151 km/hour 211 km/hour
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1327 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4090 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1500 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2590 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 55 L


 

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