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2008 Audi A3 vs. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E

To start off, 2008 Audi A3 is newer by 3 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, 2008 Audi A3 (250 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 29 more horse power than 2005 Mercedes-Benz E. (221 HP @ 5600 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2008 Audi A3 should accelerate faster than 2005 Mercedes-Benz E. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 330 kg more than 2008 Audi A3.

Because 2008 Audi A3 is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2005 Mercedes-Benz E. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Audi A3 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, 2008 Audi A3 (320 Nm @ 3200 RPM) has 5 more torque (in Nm) than 2005 Mercedes-Benz E. (315 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2008 Audi A3 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2005 Mercedes-Benz E.

Compare all specifications:

2008 Audi A3 2005 Mercedes-Benz E
Make Audi Mercedes-Benz
Model A3 E
Year Released 2008 2005
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3196 cc 3199 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 3 valves
Horse Power 250 HP 221 HP
Engine RPM 6300 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 320 Nm 315 Nm
Torque RPM 3200 RPM 3000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 84.1 mm 89.9 mm
Engine Stroke Size 95.9 mm 84 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 11.3:1 10.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type 4WD Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1455 kg 1785 kg
Vehicle Length 4290 mm 4860 mm
Vehicle Width 1970 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1430 mm 1500 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2830 mm
Fuel Consumption Overall 11.2 L/100km 10.6 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L 80 L


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