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2005 Mercedes-Benz E vs. 1998 Volvo C70

To start off, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E is newer by 7 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1998 Volvo C70. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1998 Volvo C70 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 31 more horse power than 1998 Volvo C70. (190 HP @ 5100 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1998 Volvo C70. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 360 kg more than 1998 Volvo C70. 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, 1998 Volvo C70, 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 45 more torque (in Nm) than 1998 Volvo C70. (270 Nm @ 1800 RPM). This means 2005 Mercedes-Benz E will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1998 Volvo C70.

Compare all specifications:

2005 Mercedes-Benz E 1998 Volvo C70
Make Mercedes-Benz Volvo
Model E C70
Year Released 2005 1998
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3199 cc 2435 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 5 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 3 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 221 HP 190 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 5100 RPM
Torque 315 Nm 270 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 1800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 89.9 mm 83 mm
Engine Stroke Size 84 mm 90 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.0:1 9.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1785 kg 1425 kg
Vehicle Length 4860 mm 4720 mm
Vehicle Width 1830 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1500 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2830 mm 2670 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 L 68 L


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