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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2008 Renault Espace

To start off, 2008 Renault Espace is newer by 18 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 1,998 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Renault Espace is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Renault Espace (168 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 68 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Renault Espace should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Renault Espace weights approximately 680 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, 2008 Renault Espace, 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, 2008 Renault Espace (250 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 109 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2008 Renault Espace will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316. 2008 Renault Espace has automatic transmission and 1990 BMW 316 has manual transmission. 1990 BMW 316 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2008 Renault Espace will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2008 Renault Espace
Make BMW Renault
Model 316 Espace
Year Released 1990 2008
Body Type Sedan Minivan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1998 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 168 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 250 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 2000 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 9.8:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Doors 4 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1760 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4670 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1900 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1700 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2810 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 83 L


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