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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2005 Volvo V70

To start off, 2005 Volvo V70 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 2,319 cc (5 cylinders), 2005 Volvo V70 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Volvo V70 (168 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 68 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2005 Volvo V70 should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Volvo V70 weights approximately 567 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, 2005 Volvo V70, 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 Volvo V70 (330 Nm @ 1750 RPM) has 189 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2005 Volvo V70 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2005 Volvo V70
Make BMW Volvo
Model 316 V70
Year Released 1990 2005
Body Type Sedan Station Wagon
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 2319 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 5 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 168 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 330 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 1750 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 18.0:1
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 1647 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4720 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1810 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1570 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2720 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 70 L


 

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