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2005 Mercedes-Benz E vs. 2003 Opel Vectra

To start off, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E is newer by 2 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2003 Opel Vectra. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2003 Opel Vectra 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 48 more horse power than 2003 Opel Vectra. (173 HP @ 4000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 2003 Opel Vectra. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 180 kg more than 2003 Opel Vectra. 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, 2003 Opel Vectra, 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, 2003 Opel Vectra (370 Nm @ 1900 RPM) has 55 more torque (in Nm) than 2005 Mercedes-Benz E. (315 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2003 Opel Vectra will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2005 Mercedes-Benz E.

Compare all specifications:

2005 Mercedes-Benz E 2003 Opel Vectra
Make Mercedes-Benz Opel
Model E Vectra
Year Released 2005 2003
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3199 cc 2957 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Valves per Cylinder 3 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 221 HP 173 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 315 Nm 370 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 1900 RPM
Engine Bore Size 89.9 mm 87.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 84 mm 82 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.0:1 18.5:1
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Diesel
Top Speed 233 km/hour 226 km/hour
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1785 kg 1605 kg
Vehicle Length 4860 mm 4600 mm
Vehicle Width 1830 mm 1770 mm
Vehicle Height 1500 mm 1470 mm
Wheelbase Size 2830 mm 2740 mm
Fuel Consumption Overall 10.6 L/100km 7 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 L 60 L


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