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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2006 Mercedes-Benz A

To start off, 2006 Mercedes-Benz A 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 1,991 cc (4 cylinders), 2006 Mercedes-Benz A is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 Mercedes-Benz A (138 HP @ 4200 RPM) has 38 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2006 Mercedes-Benz A should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Mercedes-Benz A weights approximately 260 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 Mercedes-Benz A, 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 Mercedes-Benz A (301 Nm @ 1600 RPM) has 160 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2006 Mercedes-Benz A will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2006 Mercedes-Benz A
Make BMW Mercedes-Benz
Model 316 A
Year Released 1990 2006
Body Type Sedan Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1991 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 138 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 4200 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 301 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 1600 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1340 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 3840 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1770 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1600 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2570 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 54 L


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