Compare 2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2008 Volkswagen Touareg

2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2008 Volkswagen Touareg
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4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L 15 20 $40,920 $44,000
4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI 18 24 $41,850 $45,000
4MATIC 4-Door 5.5L 13 18 $49,058 $52,750
4MATIC 4-Door 6.3L AMG 11 14 $80,910 $87,000
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4-Door V6
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door V6 14 20 $36,183 $39,300
4-Door V8 12 17 $44,510 $48,390
4-Door V10 15 20 $62,785 $68,340
Pricing
Invoice Price
$40,920
$36,183
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,000
$39,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$733 / month
$655 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is an appealing SUV with good road manners and a lofty price tag. The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg has more toughness than most mid-size SUVs for heavy-duty towing and off-road needs yet on-the-road comfort doesn’t suffer.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 14 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.8 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- TBD - 57.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
107 99
Second Leg Room (in)
40.0 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 38.7
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
- TBD - 57.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 8.3
Length, Overall (in)
188.5 187.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
71.5 68.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.1 65.7
Wheelbase (in)
114.7 112.4
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.2 75.9
Track Width, Front (in)
64.0 65.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.4 31
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
72.4 71
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 13.0 x 1.10
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 13.0 x 1.26
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
25.1 26.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.7 38.1
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P255/50R19 P255/60HR17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - P195/80R17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/50R19 P255/60HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7200 7716
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
720 772
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4705 5086
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 18.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 150
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 450
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2400 - 5000 265 @ 2500-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.6L/195
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
268 @ 6000 280 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 14
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - 2.66
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.15
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.56
Trans Type
7 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA w/Tiptronic & OD
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.90 4.56
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg 2
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Arm Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs 4-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -

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