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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2008 Volkswagen Passat

To start off, 2008 Volkswagen Passat 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 1,984 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Volkswagen Passat is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Volkswagen Passat (200 HP @ 5100 RPM) has 100 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Volkswagen Passat should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Volkswagen Passat weights approximately 270 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 2008 Volkswagen Passat is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1990 BMW 316. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Volkswagen Passat will offer significantly more control. 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 Volkswagen Passat (281 Nm @ 1800 RPM) has 140 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2008 Volkswagen Passat will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2008 Volkswagen Passat
Make BMW Volkswagen
Model 316 Passat
Year Released 1990 2008
Body Type Sedan Sedan
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 200 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5100 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 281 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 1800 RPM
Drive Type Rear 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1350 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4790 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1480 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2720 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 70 L


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