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1991 Volvo 245 vs. 2008 Volvo V50

To start off, 2008 Volvo V50 is newer by 17 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1991 Volvo 245. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1991 Volvo 245 would be higher. At 2,399 cc (5 cylinders), 2008 Volvo V50 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Volvo V50 (169 HP) has 88 more horse power than 1991 Volvo 245. (81 HP) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Volvo V50 should accelerate faster than 1991 Volvo 245.

Because 1991 Volvo 245 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 1991 Volvo 245. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Volvo V50, 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 Volvo V50 (231 Nm) has 88 more torque (in Nm) than 1991 Volvo 245. (143 Nm). This means 2008 Volvo V50 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1991 Volvo 245. 2008 Volvo V50 has automatic transmission and 1991 Volvo 245 has manual transmission. 1991 Volvo 245 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2008 Volvo V50 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1991 Volvo 245 2008 Volvo V50
Make Volvo Volvo
Model 245 V50
Year Released 1991 2008
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2383 cc 2399 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 5 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 81 HP 169 HP
Torque 143 Nm 231 Nm
Engine Bore Size 76.5 mm 81 mm
Engine Stroke Size 86.4 mm 90 mm
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Length 4790 mm 4520 mm
Vehicle Width 1730 mm 1780 mm
Vehicle Height 1470 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2660 mm 2650 mm


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