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2002 Mercedes-Benz S vs. 2009 Volvo V50

To start off, 2009 Volvo V50 is newer by 7 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2002 Mercedes-Benz S. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2002 Mercedes-Benz S would be higher. At 5,513 cc (12 cylinders), 2002 Mercedes-Benz S is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S (493 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 266 more horse power than 2009 Volvo V50. (227 HP @ 5000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S should accelerate faster than 2009 Volvo V50. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S weights approximately 537 kg more than 2009 Volvo V50. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2002 Mercedes-Benz S 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 2002 Mercedes-Benz S. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2009 Volvo V50, 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, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S (801 Nm @ 1800 RPM) has 480 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Volvo V50. (321 Nm @ 1500 RPM). This means 2002 Mercedes-Benz S will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Volvo V50. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S has automatic transmission and 2009 Volvo V50 has manual transmission. 2009 Volvo V50 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2002 Mercedes-Benz S 2009 Volvo V50
Make Mercedes-Benz Volvo
Model S V50
Year Released 2002 2009
Body Type Sedan Station Wagon
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 5513 cc 2521 cc
Engine Cylinders 12 cylinders 5 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 493 HP 227 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 801 Nm 321 Nm
Torque RPM 1800 RPM 1500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82 mm 83 mm
Engine Stroke Size 87 mm 93.2 mm
Top Speed 250 km/hour 241 km/hour
Acceleration 0-100mph 4.8 seconds 7.2 seconds
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 2135 kg 1598 kg
Vehicle Length 5170 mm 4520 mm
Vehicle Width 1860 mm 1460 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1780 mm
Wheelbase Size 2720 mm 2650 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 88 L 62 L


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