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Selected Style 4MATIC 4-Door ML350
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door ML350 17 22 $45,561 $48,990
4MATIC 4-Door ML350 BlueTEC 20 27 $46,956 $50,490
4MATIC 4-Door ML550 15 20 $53,559 $57,590
4MATIC 4-Door ML63 AMG 14 18 $88,341 $94,990
quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium Plus
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium 16 22 $43,013 $46,250
quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium Plus 16 22 $43,013 $46,250
quattro 4-Door 3.0T S line 16 22 $55,753 $59,950
quattro 4-Door 3.0L TDI Premium 17 25 $47,849 $51,450
quattro 4-Door 3.0L TDI Premium Plus 17 25 $47,849 $51,450
quattro 4-Door 3.0L TDI Prestige 17 25 $47,849 $51,450
Pricing
Invoice Price
$45,561
$43,013
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$48,990
$46,250
Monthly Payment Estimate
$817 / month
$771 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class is improved in nearly way, and remains one of the most luxurious and secure choices for families not needing a third row of seats. The 2012 Audi Q7 has what upscale suburban families want: a lavish interior, a cabin full of premium features, and performance and ride that are very carlike--plus serious towing ability if and when you need it.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 16 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 38.4 37.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 132.7 133.2
Second Hip Room (in) 58.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.5 58.7
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.2
Passenger Capacity 5 7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.4 58.1
Front Leg Room (in) 40.3 41.3
Front Hip Room (in) 58.3 - TBD -
Third Leg Room (in) - 29.2
Third Hip Room (in) - - TBD -
Third Head Room (in) - 35.6
Third Shoulder Room (in) - 48.6
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.3 78.1
Track Width, Front (in) 64.7 65.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.2 8.1
Length, Overall (in) 188.2 200.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 71.5 68.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 65.2 66.0
Wheelbase (in) 114.8 118.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 36.2 42.0
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) 71.0 72.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA 10.9
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 41.9 - 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 13.8 x - TBD -
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) 12.8 x 0.6 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 27.7 26.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.6 2.66
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 18.6 16.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.7 39.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P255/50R19 255/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P255/50R19 255/55R18
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 1080 990
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 7200 6600
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4751 5291
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x 8.0 18 x 8
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 18 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x 8.0 18 x 8
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 190
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 273 @ 3500-5250 295 @ 2250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 302 @ 6500 280 @ 4920
Engine Type Gas V6 Supercharged Gas V6
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 19 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 16
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - TBD - -
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 All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - TBD - -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.22
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42/2.23 3.83
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 2.84
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.90 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.44
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz M-Class Audi Q7
Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.6 10.4
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 - TBD -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating -
 
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