SAAB 9-5 2005 vs Mercedes E class 2006

SAAB 9-5
2005 - 2010
Mercedes E class
2006 - 2009
Gearbox: ManualAutomatic
Engine: 1.9 Diesel2.1 Diesel
Camshaft drive: Timing beltTiming chain
Timing belt usually needs to be replaced more often than the chain, but it is usually significantly cheaper. Timing belt motors are generally quieter and less vibrating than chain motors.


Power: 150 HP170 HP
Torque: 320 NM400 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 10.7 seconds9.1 seconds
Mercedes E class is a more dynamic driving.
SAAB 9-5 engine produces 20 HP less power than Mercedes E class, whereas torque is 80 NM less than Mercedes E class. Due to the lower power, SAAB 9-5 reaches 100 km/h speed 1.6 seconds later.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 6.77.3
Real fuel consumption: 6.4 l/100km7.7 l/100km
The SAAB 9-5 is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification SAAB 9-5 consumes 0.6 litres less fuel per 100 km than the Mercedes E class, which means that by driving the SAAB 9-5 over 15,000 km in a year you can save 90 litres of fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, SAAB 9-5 consumes 1.3 litres less fuel per 100 km than the Mercedes E class.
Fuel tank capacity: 75 litres70 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 1110 km in combined cycle950 km in combined cycle
1170 km with real consumption900 km with real consumption
SAAB 9-5 gets more mileage on one fuel tank.

Drive type

Wheel drive type: Front wheel drive (FWD)Rear wheel drive (RWD)
Front-wheel drive cars (SAAB 9-5) have better traction on slippery roads and when climbing hills, better fuel economy, and are less expensive to purchase. On the disadvantage side, FWD cars usually have less towing capacity, poorer acceleration and harder handling. Rear-wheel drive cars (Mercedes E class) have better handling on dry roads, better acceleration, more even weight distribution and more fun to drive. RWD is also better for towing large loads. The cons of rear-wheel drive are less interior and trunk space and more difficulty maneuvering in wet and snowy conditions.


Engine production duration: 6 years8 years
Engine spread: Used also on SAAB 9-3Used also on Mercedes C klase
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts.


Length: 4.84 m4.85 m
Width: 1.79 m1.82 m
Height: 1.46 m1.50 m
SAAB 9-5 is smaller.
SAAB 9-5 is 1 cm shorter than the Mercedes E class, 3 cm narrower, while the height of SAAB 9-5 is 4 cm lower.
Trunk capacity: 416 litres690 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
no data1950 litres
Mercedes E class has more luggage space.
SAAB 9-5 has 274 litres less trunk space than the Mercedes E class.
Turning diameter: 10.8 meters11.4 meters
The turning circle of the SAAB 9-5 is 0.6 metres less than that of the Mercedes E class, which means SAAB 9-5 can be easier to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 1`8002`360
Safety: no data
Quality: no data
below average
Average price (€): 22005200
Pros and Cons: SAAB 9-5 has
  • timing belt engine
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • better manoeuvrability
  • lower price
Mercedes E klase has
  • timing chain engine
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • roomier boot
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