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2005 Mercedes-Benz E vs. 1958 Volkswagen Beetle

To start off, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E is newer by 47 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1958 Volkswagen Beetle. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1958 Volkswagen Beetle 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 183 more horse power than 1958 Volkswagen Beetle. (38 HP @ 3900 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1958 Volkswagen Beetle. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 1045 kg more than 1958 Volkswagen Beetle. 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, 1958 Volkswagen Beetle, 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.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E 1958 Volkswagen Beetle
Make Mercedes-Benz Volkswagen
Model E Beetle
Year Released 2005 1958
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3199 cc 1190 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 3 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 221 HP 38 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 3900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1785 kg 740 kg
Vehicle Length 4860 mm 4070 mm
Vehicle Width 1830 mm 1560 mm
Vehicle Height 1500 mm 1560 mm


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