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Compare 2009 Volkswagen Touareg vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class

2009 Volkswagen Touareg Change
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Selected Style 4-Door VR6
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door VR6 14 20 $36,203 $39,300
4-Door V8 13 18 $44,997 $48,900
4-Door TDI V6 17 25 $39,409 $42,800
4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L
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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
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TCC Rating
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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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 15 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 20 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 31 29.4
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) 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 -
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 - 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) 13.0 x 1.1 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 26.4 25.1
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
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
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P255/60HR17 P255/50R19
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 772 720
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 7716 7200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 5086 4705
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 19 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material Alloy Aluminum
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 18.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 450 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 150 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 3.6L/195 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 280 @ 6200 268 @ 6000
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 16 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 20
Transmission
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 -
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 -
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 - 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
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 -
 
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