Compare 1997 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs 1997 Volkswagen Passat

1997 Mercedes-Benz E Class
1997 Volkswagen Passat
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4-Door Sedan 3.0L Diesel
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
E-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Diesel 26 33 $34,710 $39,900
E-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.2L 20 27 $38,980 $44,800
E-Class 4-Door Sedan 4.2L 18 25 $43,410 $49,900
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4-Door Sedan GLX Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLX Automatic 18 25 $19,694 $21,890
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLX Manual 19 26 $19,694 $21,890
Passat 4-Door Sedan TDI Manual 38 47 $17,498 $19,430
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLX Automatic 18 25 $20,078 $22,320
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLX Manual 19 26 $20,078 $22,320
Passat 4-Door Wgn TDI Manual 38 47 $17,882 $19,860
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,710
$19,694
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,900
$21,890
Monthly Payment Estimate
$665 / month
$365 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.9 -TBD-
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 37.0
Front Head Room (in)
37.6 39.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95 98.7
Second Hip Room (in)
55.9 -TBD-
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 55.0
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 36.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 45.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.9 56.2
Wheelbase (in)
111.5 103.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - -TBD-
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.8 67.5
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 58.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.7 4.4
Length, Overall (in)
189.4 181.5
Height, Overall (in)
56.7 56.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.3 14.4
Brakes
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 11.3 x -TBD-
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 8.9 x -TBD-
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Variable Rate Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.3 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - -TBD-
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.24 17.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 38.2
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
215/55R16 P215/50R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
215/55R16 P215/50R15
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size -TBD-
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - -TBD-
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-
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3538 3142
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.5 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum -TBD-
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.5 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full-Size -TBD-
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 9.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - -TBD-
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90.0 120
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
155 @ 2600 173 @ 4200
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/182.7 2.8L/170
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
134 @ 5000 172 @ 5800
Engine Type
Diesel I6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 18
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 2.71
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic Electronic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 (1.93 Winter Mode) 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 1.44
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46 3.63
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.74
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD,
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Volkswagen Passat
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - -TBD-
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.71
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - -TBD-
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Torsion Beam

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