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1996 Hyundai Lantra vs. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E

To start off, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E is newer by 9 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1996 Hyundai Lantra. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1996 Hyundai Lantra would be higher. At 3,199 cc (6 cylinders), 2005 Mercedes-Benz E is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E (221 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 134 more horse power than 1996 Hyundai Lantra. (87 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1996 Hyundai Lantra. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 690 kg more than 1996 Hyundai Lantra. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2005 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 2005 Mercedes-Benz E. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1996 Hyundai Lantra, 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 Mercedes-Benz E (315 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 187 more torque (in Nm) than 1996 Hyundai Lantra. (128 Nm @ 4300 RPM). This means 2005 Mercedes-Benz E will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1996 Hyundai Lantra. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E has automatic transmission and 1996 Hyundai Lantra has manual transmission. 1996 Hyundai Lantra will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1996 Hyundai Lantra 2005 Mercedes-Benz E
Make Hyundai Mercedes-Benz
Model Lantra E
Year Released 1996 2005
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1494 cc 3199 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 87 HP 221 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 128 Nm 315 Nm
Torque RPM 4300 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Weight 1095 kg 1785 kg
Vehicle Length 4430 mm 4860 mm
Vehicle Width 1710 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1400 mm 1500 mm
Wheelbase Size 2560 mm 2830 mm


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