Compare 2011 Volkswagen Touareg vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz M Class

2011 Volkswagen Touareg
2011 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$42,273
$43,236
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,450
$46,490
Monthly Payment Estimate
$741 / month
$775 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns respect with neat styling riffs, shock-and-awe AMG power, and your choice of earth-saving powertrains.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 59.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 58.3
Second Leg Room (in)
34.9 40.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 39.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.4 132.7
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 58.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.8 59.8
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 39.8
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.2 71.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.7 64.1
Wheelbase (in)
113.9 114.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.4 76.3
Track Width, Front (in)
64.9 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.9 8.3
Length, Overall (in)
188.8 188.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
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)
32.1 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 - 75.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
70.9 72.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 13.0 x 0.5
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 - TBD - 13.0 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26.4 25.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 37.9
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.63 3.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
12.7 18.6
Tires
Spare Tire Size
195/75R18 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
255/55R18 P255/50R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
255/55R18 P255/50R19
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7700 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
1155 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4711 4632
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - 19 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - 19 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
220 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
EFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
265 @ 3000-4000 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)
19 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 16
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.83 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.44 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.85 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.73
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.86 1.92
Trans Type
8 7
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.22 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Touareg Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone w/stabilizer bar
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
Double Wishbone 4-Arm multilink w/stabilizer bar
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 11.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 2

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