Compare 2009 Volkswagen Touareg vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class

2009 Volkswagen Touareg
2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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4-Door VR6
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door VR6 14 20 $36,203 $39,300
4-Door TDI V6 17 25 $39,409 $42,800
4-Door V8 13 18 $44,997 $48,900
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$36,203
$40,920
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,300
$44,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$655 / month
$733 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Volkswagen Touareg is comfortable and capable. The 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is an appealing SUV with good road manners and a lofty price tag.
TCC Likes
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Fuel Economy
City
14 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 39.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 42.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99 107
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 40.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
65.2 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 8.3
Length, Overall (in)
187.2 188.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.0 71.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.7 64.1
Wheelbase (in)
112.4 114.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.9 75.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
71 72.4
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)
31 29.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
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 1.1 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power
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 -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26.4 25.1
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 40.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/60HR17 P255/50R19
Spare Tire Size
195/80R17 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/60HR17 P255/50R19
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7716 7200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
772 720
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5086 4705
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 19 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 19 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
18.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
450 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
FSI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
265 @ 2500-5000 258 @ 2400 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.6L/195 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 6200 268 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 15
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 - TBD -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.56 3.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
2.66 - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.15 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 - TBD -
Trans Type
6 7
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 - TBD -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont. Again
w/Tiptronic & OD NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.39 - TBD -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - TBD -
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Touareg 2 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 4-Arm Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
4-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 -

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