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Selected Style 4-Door VR6
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door VR6 14 19 $37,624 $40,850
4-Door TDI V6 18 25 $40,830 $44,350
RWD 4-Door ML350
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door ML350 16 21 $42,501 $45,700
4MATIC 4-Door ML350 15 20 $44,826 $48,200
4MATIC 4-Door ML350 BlueTEC 18 25 $46,221 $49,700
4MATIC 4-Door ML450 Hybrid 21 24 $51,150 $55,000
4MATIC 4-Door ML550 13 18 $52,778 $56,750
4MATIC 4-Door ML63 AMG 11 15 $84,676 $91,050
Pricing
Invoice Price
$37,624
$42,501
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$40,850
$45,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$681 / month
$762 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2010 Volkswagen Touareg is a different type of vehicle than it appears. If toughness takes precedence over space and versatility, it might be right for you. Though it's far from cheap, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns our kudos with hip styling riffs, shock-and-awe AMG power, and your choice of earth-saving powertrains.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 16 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 19 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 35.6 40.0
Front Head Room (in) 38.7 39.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 99 132.7
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 58.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.7 59.8
Second Head Room (in) 38.3 39.8
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.4 59.8
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 42.2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 58.3
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 75.9 76.3
Track Width, Front (in) 65.2 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.3 8.3
Length, Overall (in) 187.2 188.2
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 75.0
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 - 41.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 31 29.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.8 x 1.3 13.0 x 1.3
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 0.5
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 26.4 25.1
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 3.62
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.7 18.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.1 37.9
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
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 Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 1157 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 7716 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 5086 4632
Wheels
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 - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 19 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 18.0 10
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 190 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 266 @ 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
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System FSI Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 19 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 16 18
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.15 4.38
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.56 1.92
Trans Type 6 7
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High 1.00 1.00
Drivetrain Four wheel drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.86 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again w/Tiptronic & OD NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.39 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.37 2.86
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.56 3.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.16 1.37
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low 2.66 - TBD -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Touareg Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double Wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent 4-Arm Multilink
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) 4-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 11.6 10.4
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 4
 
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