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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle

To start off, 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle 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 1,984 cc (4 cylinders), 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle (113 HP @ 5200 RPM) has 13 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle weights approximately 151 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 Volkswagen New Beetle, 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 Volkswagen New Beetle (170 Nm @ 2400 RPM) has 29 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle
Make BMW Volkswagen
Model 316 New Beetle
Year Released 1990 2007
Body Type Sedan Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1984 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 113 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 170 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 2400 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 10.5:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1231 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4090 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1500 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2510 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 55 L


 

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