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2005 Mercedes-Benz E vs. 2003 Vauxhall 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 Vauxhall Vectra. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2003 Vauxhall 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 47 more horse power than 2003 Vauxhall Vectra. (174 HP @ 5500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 2003 Vauxhall Vectra. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 285 kg more than 2003 Vauxhall 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 Vauxhall 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, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E (315 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 50 more torque (in Nm) than 2003 Vauxhall Vectra. (265 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2005 Mercedes-Benz E will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2003 Vauxhall Vectra. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E has automatic transmission and 2003 Vauxhall Vectra has manual transmission. 2003 Vauxhall Vectra 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 2003 Vauxhall Vectra
Make Mercedes-Benz Vauxhall
Model E Vectra
Year Released 2005 2003
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3199 cc 1998 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 3 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 221 HP 174 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 315 Nm 265 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 2500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Vehicle Weight 1785 kg 1500 kg
Vehicle Length 4860 mm 4830 mm
Vehicle Width 1830 mm 1800 mm
Vehicle Height 1500 mm 1510 mm


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