Compare 2011 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2011 Volkswagen Touareg

2011 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2011 Volkswagen Touareg
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RWD 4-Door ML 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door ML 350 16 20 $43,236 $46,490
4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 15 20 $45,561 $48,990
4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 18 25 $46,956 $50,490
4MATIC 4-Door ML 450 Hybrid 20 24 $51,885 $55,790
4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 13 18 $53,559 $57,590
4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 11 15 $86,109 $92,590
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4-Door VR6 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door VR6 Sport 16 23 $42,273 $44,450
4-Door TDI Sport 19 28 $45,601 $47,950
4-Door VR6 Lux 16 23 $45,933 $48,300
4-Door TDI Lux 19 28 $49,261 $51,800
4-Door VR6 Exec 16 23 $51,354 $54,000
4-Door TDI Exec 19 28 $54,683 $57,500
4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $57,598 $60,565
Pricing
Invoice Price
$43,236
$42,273
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$46,490
$44,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$775 / month
$741 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns respect with neat styling riffs, shock-and-awe AMG power, and your choice of earth-saving powertrains. The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has dropped some of its ruggedness in favor of the comfort suburban families want—but it's still not quite a rival to luxury-brand utes.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.8 56.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
58.3 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
40.0 34.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 39.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
132.7 101.4
Second Hip Room (in)
58.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.8 59.8
Second Head Room (in)
39.8 38.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
71.5 68.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.1 65.7
Wheelbase (in)
114.7 113.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.3 76.4
Track Width, Front (in)
64.0 64.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
188.2 188.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
41.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.4 32.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
75.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
72.4 70.9
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 -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 0.5 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr 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 1.3 13.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
25.1 26.4
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 2.63
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.6 12.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.9 39.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact 195/75R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/50R19 255/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/50R19 255/55R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 7700
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 1155
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4632 4711
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 18 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 18 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 220
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
- TBD - EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2400 - 5000 265 @ 3000-4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.6L/195
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
268 @ 6000 280 @ 6200
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 16
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 2.84
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.90 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.44
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.85
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.82
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.86
Trans Type
7 8
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.22
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42/2.23 3.83
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone w/stabilizer bar Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Arm multilink w/stabilizer bar Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.0 9.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 3

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