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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2007 Mazda 3

To start off, 2007 Mazda 3 is newer by 17 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, 2007 Mazda 3 (104 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 4 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2007 Mazda 3 should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2007 Mazda 3 weights approximately 105 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, 2007 Mazda 3, 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, 2007 Mazda 3 (145 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 4 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2007 Mazda 3 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2007 Mazda 3
Make BMW Mazda
Model 316 3
Year Released 1990 2007
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1594 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 104 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 145 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 4000 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 10.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1185 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4500 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1760 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1470 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2650 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 55 L


 

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