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Selected Style 4-Door VR6 Sport
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door VR6 Sport 16 23 $41,251 $43,375
4-Door VR6 Lux 16 23 $46,461 $48,855
4-Door TDI Sport 19 28 $44,579 $46,875
4-Door TDI Lux 19 28 $49,790 $52,355
4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $58,115 $61,110
4-Door VR6 Sport w/Nav 16 23 $42,791 $44,995
4-Door TDI Sport w/Nav 19 28 $46,119 $48,495
4-Door VR6 Exec 16 23 $51,597 $54,255
4-Door TDI Exec 19 28 $54,926 $57,755
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,251
$45,561
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$43,375
$48,990
Monthly Payment Estimate
$723 / month
$817 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg offers refined powertrains, excellent interior comfort, as well as a luxurious feel--although it carries a luxury-class price tag for a mainstream brand. 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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 23 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 34.9 38.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 38.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 101.4 132.7
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 58.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.8 58.5
Second Head Room (in) 38.9 38.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.7 58.4
Front Leg Room (in) 41.4 40.3
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 58.3
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.4 76.3
Track Width, Front (in) 64.9 64.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.9 5.2
Length, Overall (in) 188.8 188.2
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 65.2
Wheelbase (in) 113.9 114.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 75.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 58.0 71.0
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) 32.1 36.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
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
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x - TBD - 12.8 x 0.6
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 27.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 12.7 18.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.0 38.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.63 3.6
Tires
Rear Tire Size 255/55R18 P255/50R19
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 255/55R18 P255/50R19
Spare Tire Size 195/75R18 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) 1155 1080
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 7700 7200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4711 4751
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x - TBD - 19 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x - TBD - 19 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 265 @ 3000-4000 273 @ 3500-5250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.6L/195 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 280 @ 6200 302 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 19 19
Transmission
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 All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High 1.00 - TBD -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.22 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
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 w/Manual Shift Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.85 4.38
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.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.6 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 3
 
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