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2005 Seat Leon vs. 1978 Seat 131

To start off, 2005 Seat Leon is newer by 27 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1978 Seat 131. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1978 Seat 131 would be higher. At 1,995 cc (4 cylinders), 1978 Seat 131 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Seat Leon (154 HP) has 95 more horse power than 1978 Seat 131. (59 HP). In normal driving conditions, 2005 Seat Leon should accelerate faster than 1978 Seat 131. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Seat Leon weights approximately 212 kg more than 1978 Seat 131. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1978 Seat 131 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 1978 Seat 131. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2005 Seat Leon, 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, 2005 Seat Leon (320 Nm @ 1900 RPM) has 207 more torque (in Nm) than 1978 Seat 131. (113 Nm @ 2400 RPM). This means 2005 Seat Leon will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1978 Seat 131.

Compare all specifications:

2005 Seat Leon 1978 Seat 131
Make Seat Seat
Model Leon 131
Year Released 2005 1978
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1895 cc 1995 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 154 HP 59 HP
Torque 320 Nm 113 Nm
Torque RPM 1900 RPM 2400 RPM
Fuel Type Diesel Diesel
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1376 kg 1164 kg
Vehicle Length 4190 mm 4270 mm
Vehicle Width 1750 mm 1660 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1370 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2500 mm


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