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1998 Ford Escort vs. 2005 Seat Leon

To start off, 2005 Seat Leon is newer by 7 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1998 Ford Escort. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1998 Ford Escort would be higher. At 1,895 cc (4 cylinders), 2005 Seat Leon is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Seat Leon (154 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 80 more horse power than 1998 Ford Escort. (74 HP @ 5600 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2005 Seat Leon should accelerate faster than 1998 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Seat Leon weights approximately 206 kg more than 1998 Ford Escort. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

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, 2005 Seat Leon (320 Nm @ 1900 RPM) has 206 more torque (in Nm) than 1998 Ford Escort. (114 Nm @ 2750 RPM). This means 2005 Seat Leon will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1998 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

1998 Ford Escort 2005 Seat Leon
Make Ford Seat
Model Escort Leon
Year Released 1998 2005
Body Type Convertible Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1391 cc 1895 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 74 HP 154 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 114 Nm 320 Nm
Torque RPM 2750 RPM 1900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1170 kg 1376 kg
Vehicle Length 4140 mm 4190 mm
Vehicle Width 1710 mm 1750 mm
Vehicle Height 1400 mm 1450 mm


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