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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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1997. - 2001.
E - Luxury car
sedan, 4 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1999. - 2002.
E - Luxury car
sedan, 4 door
rear

Marketing

Dimensons & Outlines

4796 mm
1810 mm
1453 mm
551 liters
551 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4818 mm
1799 mm
1441 mm
520 liters
520 liters
65 liters
1997 Audi A6
1999 Mercedes Benz E

Engine

Volkswagen
2.7 5V
Petrol
6 - Inline, 5 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2671 cc
230 hp
310 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Mercedes Benz
2.6 M112 E26
Petrol
6 - V config, 3 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2597 cc
170 hp
240 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1605 kg
7.2 s
245 km/h
16.4 l/100km
8.9 l/100km
11.6 l/100km
278 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1480 kg
9.8 s
224 km/h
15.6 l/100km
7.8 l/100km
10.8 l/100km
256 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1650 kg
8.3 s
242 km/h
18.1 l/100km
8.8 l/100km
12.2 l/100km
293 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 5 gears
1480 kg
10.8 s
222 km/h
14.5 l/100km
7.7 l/100km
10.3 l/100km
247 g/km

Expenses

1600 EUR
Price from
800 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 petrol engines and utilizing the 4-door sedan body style within the same 'Luxury car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (4 x 4 for the Audi and rear in the case of the Mercedes Benz). The first one has a Volkswagen-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 30-valves 230hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 18-valves 170hp engine designed by Mercedes Benz.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the Mercedes Benz being a slightly better choice apparently. 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 that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Audi A6 offers a marginal difference of 8% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem 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 Audi with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Mercedes Benz badge with 4.4 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed A6 as average reliability-wise, and E is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as Audi A6 rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.7 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Audi is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.6 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 245 kilometers per hour, 21km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Mercedes Benz E, averaging around 10.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (26 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 7% difference compared to Audi A6.


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, Mercedes Benz E offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Audi being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the Mercedes Benz. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. 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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