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2006. - 2009. Production 2004. - 2011.
E - Luxury car Vehicle class E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door Body style wagon, 5 door
Rear Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4850 mm
Length 5015 mm
1822 mm
Width 1880 mm
1496 mm
Height 1560 mm
690 liters
Boot (min) 630 liters
1950 liters
Boot (max) 1602 liters
70 liters
Fuel tank 68 liters
Engine
Mercedes Benz
2.1 OM646 DE22 LA HP
Mercedes Benz
3.0 OM642 DE30 LA
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Bi-Turbo Aspiration Turbo
2148 cc
Displacement 2987 cc
170 hp
Power 218 hp
400 Nm
Torque 510 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - gears
1685 kg
Vehicle weight kg
9.1 s
Acc. 0-100 s
218 km/h
Top speed km/h
9.6 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
7.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
188 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 5 gears
automatic - 5 gears
1710 kg
Vehicle weight 1845 kg
9.1 s
Acc. 0-100 7.9 s
218 km/h
Top speed 227 km/h
9.8 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.9 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.8 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.3 l/100km
194 g/km
CO2 emissions 220 g/km
Expenses
8550 EUR
Price from 7000 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. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the luxury car segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the American car offers a marginal difference of 9% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Mercedes Benz does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Mercedes Benz, as well as Chrysler, with the same average rating of 4.5 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed E 19% above average, and 300C 68% below the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the German car rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 5.0 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 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 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. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. 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™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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