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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2006 Hyundai Sonata

To start off, 2006 Hyundai Sonata is newer by 16 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 2,399 cc (4 cylinders), 2006 Hyundai Sonata is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 Hyundai Sonata (160 HP @ 5800 RPM) has 60 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2006 Hyundai Sonata should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Hyundai Sonata weights approximately 462 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, 2006 Hyundai Sonata, 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, 2006 Hyundai Sonata (222 Nm @ 4250 RPM) has 81 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2006 Hyundai Sonata will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2006 Hyundai Sonata
Make BMW Hyundai
Model 316 Sonata
Year Released 1990 2006
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 2399 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 160 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5800 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 222 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 4250 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 10.5:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1542 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4800 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1840 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1480 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2730 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 65 L


 

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