Compare 1997 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs 1997 Audi A8

1997 Mercedes-Benz E Class
1997 Audi A8
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4-Door Sedan 3.0L Diesel
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 3.0L Diesel 26 33 $34,710 $39,900
4-Door Sedan 3.2L 20 27 $38,980 $44,800
4-Door Sedan 4.2L 18 25 $43,410 $49,900
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4-Door Sedan 3.7L Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 3.7L Automatic 17 26 $49,748 $56,900
4-Door Sedan 4.2L Automatic Quattro 17 25 $56,360 $64,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,710
$49,748
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,900
$56,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$665 / month
$948 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
55.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 58.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 57.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
54.9 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 38.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95 99.8
Front Head Room (in)
37.6 37.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.7 4.8
Length, Overall (in)
189.4 198.2
Height, Overall (in)
56.7 56.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.9 62.2
Wheelbase (in)
111.5 113.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.8 74.0
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 62.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.3 17.6
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4 Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.4 x .4 9.6 x 0.39
Brake Type
Power Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 1.1 12.3 x 0.98
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 23.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.24 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 40.2
Steering Type
Variable Rate Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.3 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
215/55R16 P225/60R16
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
215/55R16 P225/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3538 3,682
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full-Size Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.5 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.5 16 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 11.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90.0 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Diesel I6 Gas V8
Fuel System
SFI SEFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
155 @ 2600 235 @ 2700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/182.7 3.7L/226
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
134 @ 5000 230 @ 5500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 26
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 (1.93 Winter Mode) 4.096
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 1.999
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46 3.091
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.000
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD,
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 3.665
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.407
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.742
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic Electronic
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Audi A8
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Trapeziodal link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Track-Rod
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Four-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar

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