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2004 Audi A8 vs. 2008 Ford Explorer

To start off, 2008 Ford Explorer is newer by 4 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2004 Audi A8. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2004 Audi A8 would be higher. At 4,013 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 Ford Explorer is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Audi A8 (217 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 7 more horse power than 2008 Ford Explorer. (210 HP @ 5100 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2004 Audi A8 should accelerate faster than 2008 Ford Explorer. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Ford Explorer weights approximately 407 kg more than 2004 Audi A8.

Because 2008 Ford Explorer 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 2008 Ford Explorer. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2004 Audi A8, 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, 2008 Ford Explorer (344 Nm @ 3700 RPM) has 44 more torque (in Nm) than 2004 Audi A8. (300 Nm @ 8200 RPM). This means 2008 Ford Explorer will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2004 Audi A8. 2008 Ford Explorer has automatic transmission and 2004 Audi A8 has manual transmission. 2004 Audi A8 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2008 Ford Explorer will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2004 Audi A8 2008 Ford Explorer
Make Audi Ford
Model A8 Explorer
Year Released 2004 2008
Body Type Sedan SUV
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2975 cc 4013 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Valves per Cylinder 5 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 217 HP 210 HP
Engine RPM 6300 RPM 5100 RPM
Torque 300 Nm 344 Nm
Torque RPM 8200 RPM 3700 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 11.0:1 9.7:1
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1670 kg 2077 kg
Vehicle Length 5060 mm 5350 mm
Vehicle Width 1900 mm 1880 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1850 mm
Wheelbase Size 2950 mm 3320 mm
Fuel Consumption Overall 9.6 L/100km 14.7 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 42 L 85 L


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