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2009 BMW 120 vs. 2008 Ford Explorer

To start off, 2009 BMW 120 is newer by 1 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2008 Ford Explorer. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2008 Ford Explorer would be higher. At 4,013 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 Ford Explorer is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Ford Explorer (210 HP @ 5100 RPM) has 42 more horse power than 2009 BMW 120. (168 HP @ 6700 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Ford Explorer should accelerate faster than 2009 BMW 120. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Ford Explorer weights approximately 552 kg more than 2009 BMW 120. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front 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, 2008 Ford Explorer (344 Nm @ 3700 RPM) has 134 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 BMW 120. (210 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2008 Ford Explorer will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 BMW 120.

Compare all specifications:

2009 BMW 120 2008 Ford Explorer
Make BMW Ford
Model 120 Explorer
Year Released 2009 2008
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1995 cc 4013 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 168 HP 210 HP
Engine RPM 6700 RPM 5100 RPM
Torque 210 Nm 344 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 3700 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 12.0:1 9.7:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1525 kg 2077 kg
Vehicle Length 4370 mm 5350 mm
Vehicle Width 1910 mm 1880 mm
Vehicle Height 1760 mm 1850 mm
Wheelbase Size 2670 mm 3320 mm
Fuel Consumption Overall 6.8 L/100km 14.7 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 53 L 85 L


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