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1990 BMW 316 vs. 1989 Fiat Croma

To start off, 1990 BMW 316 is newer by 1 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1989 Fiat Croma. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1989 Fiat Croma would be higher. At 2,499 cc (4 cylinders), 1989 Fiat Croma is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1989 Fiat Croma (116 HP @ 4100 RPM) has 16 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1989 Fiat Croma should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1989 Fiat Croma weights approximately 290 kg more than 1990 BMW 316. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1990 BMW 316 is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1990 BMW 316. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1989 Fiat Croma, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. 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, 1989 Fiat Croma (245 Nm @ 2400 RPM) has 104 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 1989 Fiat Croma will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 1989 Fiat Croma
Make BMW Fiat
Model 316 Croma
Year Released 1990 1989
Body Type Sedan Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 2499 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 116 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 4100 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 245 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 2400 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 20.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1370 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4530 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1770 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2670 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 68 L


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