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2005 Mercedes-Benz E vs. 1987 Renault 5

To start off, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E is newer by 18 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1987 Renault 5. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1987 Renault 5 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 103 more horse power than 1987 Renault 5. (118 HP @ 5750 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1987 Renault 5. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 927 kg more than 1987 Renault 5. 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, 1987 Renault 5, 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 150 more torque (in Nm) than 1987 Renault 5. (165 Nm @ 3750 RPM). This means 2005 Mercedes-Benz E will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1987 Renault 5. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E has automatic transmission and 1987 Renault 5 has manual transmission. 1987 Renault 5 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:

2005 Mercedes-Benz E 1987 Renault 5
Make Mercedes-Benz Renault
Model E 5
Year Released 2005 1987
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3199 cc 1397 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 3 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 221 HP 118 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 5750 RPM
Torque 315 Nm 165 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3750 RPM
Engine Bore Size 89.9 mm 76 mm
Engine Stroke Size 84 mm 77 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.0:1 7.9:1
Top Speed 233 km/hour 193 km/hour
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1785 kg 858 kg
Vehicle Length 4860 mm 3600 mm
Vehicle Width 1830 mm 1600 mm
Vehicle Height 1500 mm 1370 mm
Wheelbase Size 2830 mm 2410 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 L 50 L


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