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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2005 Volkswagen Polo

To start off, 2005 Volkswagen Polo 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. Both 1990 BMW 316 and 2005 Volkswagen Polo are equipped with a 1,596 cc engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Volkswagen Polo (101 HP @ 5700 RPM) has 1 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2005 Volkswagen Polo should accelerate faster 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 Volkswagen Polo, 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, 2005 Volkswagen Polo (155 Nm @ 3800 RPM) has 14 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2005 Volkswagen Polo will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2005 Volkswagen Polo
Make BMW Volkswagen
Model 316 Polo
Year Released 1990 2005
Body Type Sedan Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1596 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 101 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5700 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 155 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 3800 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 10.5:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4180 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1660 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1470 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2470 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 55 L


 

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