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2009 Mercedes-Benz C vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz A

To start off, 2009 Mercedes-Benz C is newer by 1 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2008 Mercedes-Benz A. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2008 Mercedes-Benz A would be higher. At 2,148 cc, 2009 Mercedes-Benz C is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Mercedes-Benz C (169 HP @ 3800 RPM) has 75 more horse power than 2008 Mercedes-Benz A. (94 HP @ 5200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2009 Mercedes-Benz C should accelerate faster than 2008 Mercedes-Benz A.

Because 2009 Mercedes-Benz C 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 2009 Mercedes-Benz C. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Mercedes-Benz A, 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, 2009 Mercedes-Benz C (400 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 260 more torque (in Nm) than 2008 Mercedes-Benz A. (140 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 2009 Mercedes-Benz C will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2008 Mercedes-Benz A.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Mercedes-Benz C 2008 Mercedes-Benz A
Make Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz
Model C A
Year Released 2009 2008
Body Type Sedan Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2148 cc 1498 cc
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 169 HP 94 HP
Engine RPM 3800 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 400 Nm 140 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 3500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 88 mm 83 mm
Engine Stroke Size 88.3 mm 69.2 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Top Speed 229 km/hour 175 km/hour
Acceleration 0-100mph 8.5 seconds 12.6 seconds
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1225 kg 1225 kg
Vehicle Length 4590 mm 3840 mm
Vehicle Width 1450 mm 1770 mm
Vehicle Height 1780 mm 1550 mm
Wheelbase Size 2770 mm 2570 mm
Fuel Consumption Overall 6.1 L/100km 6.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 66 L 54 L


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