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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2009 Citroen C3

To start off, 2009 Citroen C3 is newer by 19 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, 1990 BMW 316 (100 HP) has 28 more horse power than 2009 Citroen C3. (72 HP). In normal driving conditions, 1990 BMW 316 should accelerate faster than 2009 Citroen C3. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Citroen C3 weights approximately 131 kg more than 1990 BMW 316.

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, 2009 Citroen C3, 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, 1990 BMW 316 (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM) has 23 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Citroen C3. (118 Nm @ 3300 RPM). This means 1990 BMW 316 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Citroen C3.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2009 Citroen C3
Make BMW Citroen
Model 316 C3
Year Released 1990 2009
Body Type Sedan Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1360 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 72 HP
Torque 141 Nm 118 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 3300 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 10.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1211 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 3940 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1710 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1570 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2470 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 47 L


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