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1996 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2002 Acura CL

To start off, 2002 Acura CL is newer by 6 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1996 Volkswagen Golf. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1996 Volkswagen Golf would be higher. At 3,210 cc (6 cylinders), 2002 Acura CL is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Acura CL (260 HP @ 6900 RPM) has 145 more horse power than 1996 Volkswagen Golf. (115 HP @ 4000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2002 Acura CL should accelerate faster than 1996 Volkswagen Golf.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. 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, 2002 Acura CL (315 Nm) has 150 more torque (in Nm) than 1996 Volkswagen Golf. (165 Nm). This means 2002 Acura CL will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1996 Volkswagen Golf. 2002 Acura CL has automatic transmission and 1996 Volkswagen Golf has manual transmission. 1996 Volkswagen Golf will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2002 Acura CL will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1996 Volkswagen Golf 2002 Acura CL
Make Volkswagen Acura
Model Golf CL
Year Released 1996 2002
Body Type Hatchback Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1896 cc 3210 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 115 HP 260 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 6900 RPM
Torque 165 Nm 315 Nm
Engine Bore Size 82.6 mm 89 mm
Engine Stroke Size 92.7 mm 86 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.0:1 9.8:1
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Length 4080 mm 4880 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1800 mm
Vehicle Height 1430 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2480 mm 2580 mm


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