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2003 Saab 03-Sep vs. 2012 Mercedes-Benz R

To start off, 2012 Mercedes-Benz R is newer by 9 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2003 Saab 03-Sep. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2003 Saab 03-Sep would be higher. At 2,987 cc (6 cylinders), 2012 Mercedes-Benz R is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 Saab 03-Sep (250 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 40 more horse power than 2012 Mercedes-Benz R. (210 HP @ 3400 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2003 Saab 03-Sep should accelerate faster than 2012 Mercedes-Benz R.

Because 2012 Mercedes-Benz R is all wheel drive (AWD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2003 Saab 03-Sep. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2012 Mercedes-Benz R will offer significantly more control. 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, 2012 Mercedes-Benz R (542 Nm @ 1600 RPM) has 172 more torque (in Nm) than 2003 Saab 03-Sep. (370 Nm @ 2700 RPM). This means 2012 Mercedes-Benz R will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2003 Saab 03-Sep. 2012 Mercedes-Benz R has automatic transmission and 2003 Saab 03-Sep has manual transmission. 2003 Saab 03-Sep will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2012 Mercedes-Benz R will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2003 Saab 03-Sep 2012 Mercedes-Benz R
Make Saab Mercedes-Benz
Model 03-Sep R
Year Released 2003 2012
Body Type Convertible Minivan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1998 cc 2987 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 250 HP 210 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 3400 RPM
Torque 370 Nm 542 Nm
Torque RPM 2700 RPM 1600 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Diesel
Drive Type Front AWD
Transmission Type Manual 7-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 7 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Length 4640 mm 5156 mm
Vehicle Width 1770 mm 1958 mm
Vehicle Height 1440 mm 1661 mm
Wheelbase Size 2610 mm 3216 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 61 L 80 L


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