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Model
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Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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2004. - 2007.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
rear
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2002. - 2007.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

4526 mm
1728 mm
1426 mm
455 liters
455 liters
62 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4635 mm
1762 mm
1466 mm
425 liters
425 liters
62 liters
2004 Mercedes Benz C
2002 SAAB 9-3

Engine

Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2148 cc
122 hp
270 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Opel / General Motors
2.2 Y22DTR
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2172 cc
125 hp
280 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1415 kg
11.7 s
208 km/h
8.4 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
161 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1465 kg
11.5 s
200 km/h
7.5 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
157 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1435 kg
11.9 s
203 km/h
8.9 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
180 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

2800 EUR
Price from
1500 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by diesel engines and utilizing the 4-door sedan body style within the same 'Large family car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (rear for the Mercedes Benz and front in the case of the SAAB). The first one has a Mercedes Benz-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 122hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 125hp engine designed by Opel.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the Swedish car offers a marginal difference of 4% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that SAAB does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Mercedes Benz with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the SAAB badge with 4.1 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed C as average reliability-wise, and 9-3 is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the German car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.9 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

SAAB is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.2 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 200 kilometers per hour, 8km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (48 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Mercedes Benz appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Swedish car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with SAAB offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the SAAB. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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author: AutoManiac date: 2016-06-03

I'm unsure whether it's the same taxi driver that hunts me all the time, or there are so many of them operating the C class 200/220 CDI variants. Either way, every time the story goes in the same direction. Usually, it's me thrilled by the comfort of a Mercedes more than 10 years old...

author: AutoManiac date: 2016-06-03

I'm unsure whether it's the same taxi driver that hunts me all the time, or there are so many of them operating the C class 200/220 CDI variants. Either way, every time the story goes in the same direction. Usually, it's me thrilled by the comfort of a Mercedes more than 10 years old...

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