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Selected Style RWD 4-Door 3.5L
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L 15 20 $43,803 $47,100
4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L BlueTEC 18 24 $45,198 $48,600
4MATIC 4-Door 5.5L 13 18 $51,894 $55,800
4MATIC 4-Door 6.3L AMG 11 15 $83,793 $90,100
RWD 4-Door 3.5L 16 21 $41,478 $44,600
4-Door V6
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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
$41,478
$36,183
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,600
$39,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$743 / month
$655 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line It ain’t cheap, but the 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class deserves its place atop the luxury SUV echelon. 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
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 14 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 21 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 58.3 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 40.0 35.6
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 38.7
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Hip Room (in) 58.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.9 57.7
Second Head Room (in) 39.8 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 59.8 57.4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 41.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 132.7 99
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.3 75.9
Track Width, Front (in) 64.0 65.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.3 8.3
Length, Overall (in) 188.2 187.2
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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 -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 1.3 13.0 x 1.26
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 0.45 13.0 x 1.10
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 25.1 26.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.62 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 18.6 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.9 38.1
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P255/50R19 P255/60HR17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 460 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 772
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 4600 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 7716
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4632 5086
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10 18.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 450
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 150
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 268 @ 6000 280 @ 6200
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System - TBD - SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 258 @ 2400 - 5000 265 @ 2500-5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.6L/195
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 14
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 18 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 21 20
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - TBD - 1.00
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again NA w/Tiptronic & OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 -
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42/2.23 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 2.37
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.90 4.56
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.16
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - TBD - 2.66
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 4.15
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92 1.56
Trans Type 7 6
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg 2
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Arm Multilink Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA 4-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 -
 
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