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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2012 Tata Safari

To start off, 2012 Tata Safari is newer by 22 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 2,956 cc (4 cylinders), 2012 Tata Safari is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1990 BMW 316 (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 31 more horse power than 2012 Tata Safari. (69 HP @ 3000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1990 BMW 316 should accelerate faster than 2012 Tata Safari. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Tata Safari weights approximately 840 kg more than 1990 BMW 316.

Because 2012 Tata Safari 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, 2012 Tata Safari 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, 2012 Tata Safari (223 Nm @ 1600 RPM) has 82 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2012 Tata Safari will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2012 Tata Safari
Make BMW Tata
Model 316 Safari
Year Released 1990 2012
Body Type Sedan SUV
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 2956 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 69 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 3000 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 223 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 1600 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 19.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Rear 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1920 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4660 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1918 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1930 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2660 mm


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