Compare 2012 Volkswagen Touareg vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class

2012 Volkswagen Touareg
2012 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 $41,251 $43,375
4-Door VR6 Sport w/Nav 16 23 $42,791 $44,995
4-Door TDI Sport 19 28 $44,579 $46,875
4-Door TDI Sport w/Nav 19 28 $46,119 $48,495
4-Door VR6 Lux 16 23 $46,461 $48,855
4-Door TDI Lux 19 28 $49,790 $52,355
4-Door VR6 Exec 16 23 $51,597 $54,255
4-Door TDI Exec 19 28 $54,926 $57,755
4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $58,115 $61,110
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4MATIC 4-Door ML 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 17 22 $45,561 $48,990
4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 20 27 $46,956 $50,490
4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 15 20 $53,559 $57,590
4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
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
City
16 mpg 17 mpg
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
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
32.1 36.2
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)
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
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 - 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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26.4 27.7
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 38.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
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
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
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - 19 x 8.0
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
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - TBD -
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
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 - TBD -
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Touareg Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone
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 -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 3

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