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2005 Mercedes-Benz E vs. 2012 Audi A4

To start off, 2012 Audi A4 is newer by 7 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2005 Mercedes-Benz E. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2005 Mercedes-Benz E 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 10 more horse power than 2012 Audi A4. (211 HP @ 4300 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 2012 Audi A4. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 145 kg more than 2012 Audi A4. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2012 Audi A4 is all wheel drive (AWD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2005 Mercedes-Benz E. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2012 Audi A4 will offer significantly more control. 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, 2012 Audi A4 (349 Nm @ 1500 RPM) has 34 more torque (in Nm) than 2005 Mercedes-Benz E. (315 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2012 Audi A4 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2005 Mercedes-Benz E. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E has automatic transmission and 2012 Audi A4 has manual transmission. 2012 Audi A4 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 2012 Audi A4
Make Mercedes-Benz Audi
Model E A4
Year Released 2005 2012
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3199 cc 2000 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 3 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 221 HP 211 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 4300 RPM
Torque 315 Nm 349 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 1500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Rear AWD
Transmission Type Automatic 6-speed manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1785 kg 1640 kg
Vehicle Length 4860 mm 4704 mm
Vehicle Width 1830 mm 1829 mm
Vehicle Height 1500 mm 1427 mm
Wheelbase Size 2830 mm 2809 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 L 64 L


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