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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2005 Ford Focus

To start off, 2005 Ford Focus is newer by 15 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1990 BMW 316. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1990 BMW 316 would be higher. At 1,596 cc (4 cylinders), 1990 BMW 316 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1990 BMW 316 (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 21 more horse power than 2005 Ford Focus. (79 HP @ 5500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1990 BMW 316 should accelerate faster than 2005 Ford Focus. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Ford Focus weights approximately 195 kg more than 1990 BMW 316.

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, 2005 Ford Focus, 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, 1990 BMW 316 (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM) has 13 more torque (in Nm) than 2005 Ford Focus. (128 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 1990 BMW 316 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2005 Ford Focus.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2005 Ford Focus
Make BMW Ford
Model 316 Focus
Year Released 1990 2005
Body Type Sedan Station Wagon
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1388 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 79 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 128 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 3500 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 11.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1275 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4480 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1850 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1490 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2650 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 55 L


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