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2006. - 2009. Production 2008. - 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 4927 mm
1822 mm
Width 1855 mm
1496 mm
Height 1463 mm
690 liters
Boot (min) 565 liters
1950 liters
Boot (max) 1660 liters
70 liters
Fuel tank 70 liters
Engine
Mercedes Benz
2.1 OM646 DE22 LA HP
Volkswagen
2.0 TDI BMN
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Bi-Turbo Aspiration Turbo
2148 cc
Displacement 1968 cc
170 hp
Power 170 hp
400 Nm
Torque 350 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1685 kg
Vehicle weight 1635 kg
9.1 s
Acc. 0-100 9.2 s
218 km/h
Top speed 221 km/h
9.6 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.5 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.8 l/100km
7.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.8 l/100km
188 g/km
CO2 emissions 152 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 5 gears
cvt - gears
1710 kg
Vehicle weight 1660 kg
9.1 s
Acc. 0-100 9.2 s
218 km/h
Top speed 214 km/h
9.8 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.4 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.0 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.9 l/100km
194 g/km
CO2 emissions 154 g/km
Expenses
8550 EUR
Price from 10900 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 Audi). The first one has a Mercedes Benz-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 170hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 170hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. 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. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, Mercedes Benz E offers a marginal difference of 3% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, when all the models are taken into account. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Mercedes Benz with an average rating of 4.5, and models under the Audi badge with 4.3 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed E 19% above average, and A6 62% below the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as Mercedes Benz E rank it on average as 4.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Mercedes Benz is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.1 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 218 kilometers per hour, 3km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Audi A6, averaging around 5.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (49 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 22% difference compared to Mercedes Benz E.

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, Mercedes Benz E offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Mercedes Benz offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Audi. 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. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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