In terms of engine performance, European cars are better than Japanese cars. European cars such as BMW, Audi, and Mercedez Benz are known to have engine power (horsepower) is larger than the Japanese car. European cars are often equipped with a turbocharger system that boosts power and engine efficiency. For example, BMW 3 series, Audi A4, Mercedes Benz C250 has a turbo while most Japanese cars or even the Import used cars from Japan in the same class as Toyota Camry or Mazda 6 is not equipped with turbocharger system. Even on older Volvo cars like Volvo 740, 940, 960 have been equipped with turbocharger system that produces the power of 152 – 162 hp.
European cars are often called over engineered which means the design is too complex and complex. Starting from the engine system, wiring, electronics, interiors, sensors and others. This makes the European car more difficult for maintenance than Japanese cars are more compact and simple. The mechanics often complain about the complexity of European cars that for small jobs such as replacing the thermostat, it takes twice as long as the Japanese car. To replace a spare part, often we have to first open some parts of other spare parts to access the problem spare parts.
Simple and practical Japanese car makes this car tend to be more durable than European cars. In addition, because it is easy (and cheap) to be treated, most Japanese cars are still very reliable despite being old.