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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2006. - 2009.
E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door
Rear
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2004. - 2011.
E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door
Front

Dimensons & Volumes

4850 mm
1822 mm
1496 mm
690 liters
1950 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
5015 mm
1880 mm
1560 mm
630 liters
1602 liters
68 liters

Engine

Mercedes Benz
2.1 OM646 DE22 LA HP
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Bi-Turbo
2148 cc
170 hp
400 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Mercedes Benz
3.0 OM642 DE30 LA
Diesel
6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2987 cc
218 hp
510 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1685 kg
9.1 s
218 km/h
9.6 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
7.1 l/100km
188 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1710 kg
9.1 s
218 km/h
9.8 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
194 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 5 gears
1845 kg
7.9 s
227 km/h
10.9 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
8.3 l/100km
220 g/km

Expenses

8550 EUR
428 - 465 EUR
Price from
Tax
7000 EUR
694 - 862 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 5-door wagon body style within the same 'Luxury 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 Chrysler). Both the engines are Mercedes Benz-engineered . The first one has a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 170hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 218hp one.

Safety

The fact that the Mercedes Benz got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, puts it sky-high safety-wise, in my eyes at least. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the luxury car segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the American car offers a marginal difference of 9% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Mercedes Benz does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Mercedes Benz with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Chrysler badge with 4.5 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed E 19% above average, and 300C 68% below the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the German car rank it on average as 4.3, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.5 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Chrysler is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 227 kilometers per hour, 9km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the German car, averaging around 7.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (40 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 17% difference compared to the American car.

Verdict

Mercedes Benz is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. 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 German car beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. From there things take a different direction, with Chrysler being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Mercedes Benz. 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. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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