In this oldie comparison we are going to remember the Seat Málaga and the Peugeot 505, two sedans from the 1980s and 1990s that marked a before and after.
Saloons were the solution for the majority of drivers with families in the 80s and 90s in our country. They were spacious, comfortable and practical cars for traveling and for everyday use. Thus, these four-door and five-door vehicles became very popular, encouraging many manufacturers to launch their own models. Today we have decided to do something from memory and we bring you this oldie comparison where we face the Seat Málaga and the Peugeot 505.
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Although they were not entirely natural rivals, since the Peugeot was slightly larger than the Seat, they represented an option to consider for many Spanish families in the 1980s and early 1990s. In addition, they laid the foundation for future models still to come. most popular, such as Seat Toledo, launched on the market in 1991; and the Peugeot 405which landed in 1987.
let’s start with him Seat Malaga. This model appeared in the transition period in the stage in which Seat abandoned its relationship with Fiat before the takeover by Volkswagen. The Málaga would see the light of day for the first time in 1984 and was closely related to the first generation Seat Ibiza, launched the same year, and was based on the same Ronda platform.
The S2 project from which the Málaga would be born introduced a sedan of less than 4.3 meters in length and a four-door body. It is powered by the famous Sigma engines, better known as System Porscheso it was offered with a unit of 1.2 liter 63 hp of power and a 1.5 liter 85 hp, both fed by carburetor. The top of the range version would be the 1.5 Jetronic injection, with 100 CV of power. There was also a diesel version, the 1.7 liters of 55 CV. All engines were associated with five-speed manual gearboxes.
The Málaga was available in three trim levels (the versions ending in D were those equipped with a diesel engine): L-LD, GL-GLD and GLX. There were also some special versions, such as the Málaga Touring, the Bahía or the Premier with a more complete level of equipment. In 1987 it underwent its first update with slight aesthetic changes, and in 1989 the second renewal took place, with somewhat more severe changes.
In 1991 the commercialization of the Seat Málaga came to an end after sell more than 230,000 units in seven years. The Málaga, which was manufactured at the Zona Franca plant, would be replaced that same year by the first generation of the Seat Toledo.
He Peugeot 505 It is a car somewhat older than the Malaga. It was introduced to the market in 1979 as a large sedan and almost 4.6 meters long. Conceived as the generational replacement of the 504, it was available in two body options: a four-door saloon and a five-door estate, the latter with three rows of seats.
On a mechanical level, the 505 was marketed with both gasoline and diesel engines, including atmospheric and supercharged versions. Available gasoline powertrains were a 1.8 liters of 80 CVa 2.0 liters with 94 hp and 113 hpa 2.0 liter 110 hp and a 2.2 liters of 130 CV with electronic injection. The two top-of-the-range versions were the 505 Turbowith powers between 160 hp and 200 hpand the 505 V6with an engine 2.8 liter capable of generating up to 170 hp of power.
Among the diesel versions of the Peugeot 505, a mechanical 2.3 liters with 70 hp of power and a 2.5 liters which, in its atmospheric version, delivered 80 hpand that with turbo it reached the 95 hp. Then there was a GTD Turbo Intercooler version with 110 hp based on this propellant.
He Family 505, called Break, it was available with up to eight seats divided into three rows and was very popular as a taxi. On the other hand, it became the base on which the specialist Dangel worked in 1980 to install a 4×4 drive system which would result in various body modifications, including coupe, pick-up and even van versions.
The Peugeot 505 suffered its first restyling in 1986. This introduced important changes to the bodywork, but even greater were the changes in the passenger compartment, where he debuted a much more modern dashboard that allowed him to face the second half of his life cycle. Thus, the 505, which came to be produced at the PSA plant in Vigo, was officially discontinued in Europe in 1990although it would remain active in other markets such as Argentina, China and Indonesia until 1997. It was officially replaced by the Peugeot 405, introduced in Europe in 1987.