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1986 Ford Escort vs. 2006 Mercedes-Benz E

To start off, 2006 Mercedes-Benz E is newer by 20 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1986 Ford Escort. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1986 Ford Escort would be higher. At 5,439 cc (8 cylinders), 2006 Mercedes-Benz E is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 Mercedes-Benz E (470 HP @ 6100 RPM) has 411 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2006 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 1080 kg more than 1986 Ford Escort. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2006 Mercedes-Benz E 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 2006 Mercedes-Benz E. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1986 Ford Escort, 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, 2006 Mercedes-Benz E (700 Nm @ 2650 RPM) has 590 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2006 Mercedes-Benz E will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort. 2006 Mercedes-Benz E has automatic transmission and 1986 Ford Escort has manual transmission. 1986 Ford Escort will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2006 Mercedes-Benz E will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 2006 Mercedes-Benz E
Make Ford Mercedes-Benz
Model Escort E
Year Released 1986 2006
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 5439 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 59 HP 470 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 6100 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 700 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 2650 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.5 mm 97 mm
Engine Stroke Size 82 mm 92 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 21.5:1 9.0:1
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline - Premium
Top Speed 151 km/hour 250 km/hour
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1990 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4880 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1490 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2860 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 80 L


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