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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

BMW 520d Touring vs. Mercedes E 220 CDI T
For this week, we have a nice duel between two family friendly cars that are not the most aesthetically pleasing designs, but do have other features that make them unique.
Auto Zeitung has put them through a vigorous test to see who will end up the winner and earn the bragging rights. On one side, we have the recently redesigned E-class, who is said to be more dynamic then before. The recent facelift has given the Benz a more aggressive look; they have also increase the horsepower from 150 to 170 and hoping that the increased power and the chassis with the so call “Direct Control” package will give the Mercedes an advantage over its competitors. Its arch rival from Bavaria has similar 4 cylinder diesel under the hood, who with its 163 HP is very close to the E 220 CDI performance.

The Mercedes E 220 CDI is the winner of this comparison test due to being a more practical and harmonic car. The Benz convinced the testers with its quiet, strong and very fuel-efficient engine. The Mercedes feels more dynamic, but without loosing any comfort.
The BMW 520d Touring has not convinced the testers with its design, but the car has shown that it is sporty and agile. The BMW is more affordable then the E-class, but both are roomy and comfortable family cars.

Conclusion: The E 220 CDI has won the comparison test over the BMW 520d due its its superior engine, and being a comfortable and dynamic car.

BMW 520d Touring 163 HP/120 kW, RWD, 0-100 km/h in 10.4 sec, 218 km/h top speed

Mercedes E 220 CDI T 170 HP/125 kW, RWD, 0-100 km/h in 9.7 sec, 218 km/h top speed
posted by Muamer Hodzic @ 8/08/2006 03:22:00 PM    
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