Compare 2014 Volkswagen Touareg vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz M Class

2014 Volkswagen Touareg
2014 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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4-Door 3.6L Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door 3.6L Sport 17 23 $42,386 $44,570
4-Door 3.6L Sport w/Nav 17 23 $45,752 $48,110
4-Door TDI Sport w/Nav 20 29 $49,081 $51,610
4-Door 3.6L Lux 17 23 $49,500 $52,050
4-Door 3.6L R-Line 17 23 $52,011 $54,690
4-Door TDI Lux 20 29 $52,828 $55,550
4-Door X 20 29 $53,417 $56,170
4-Door 3.6L Exec 17 23 $55,096 $57,935
4-Door TDI R-Line 20 29 $55,339 $58,190
4-Door TDI Exec 20 29 $58,424 $61,435
4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $61,572 $64,745
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RWD 4-Door ML 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door ML 350 18 24 $44,445 $47,790
4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 17 22 $46,770 $50,290
4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 20 28 $48,165 $51,790
4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 14 19 $55,289 $59,450
4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 13 17 $90,443 $97,250
Pricing
Invoice Price
$42,386
$44,445
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,570
$47,790
Monthly Payment Estimate
$743 / month
$797 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg is an expensive way to purchase a mainstream brand's vehicle, but it's more luxurious than many of its mainstream competitors. For active families who need to tow a boat or occasionally head off-pavement–but don't need a third row–the 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML is an excellence vehicle choice.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 24 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 58.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 40.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.8 58.5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.9 38.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 40.3
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
65 64.7
Length, Overall (in)
188.8 189.1
Height, Overall (in)
68.2 70.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.8 65.2
Wheelbase (in)
113.9 114.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.4 75.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
64 80.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
32.1 38.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
32.1 38.2
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 13
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
4-Wheel -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 12.8
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Location
Midship -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26.4 24.6
Aux Fuel Tank Location
Midship -
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39 38.7
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P255/50HR19
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P255/50HR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
772 660
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
772 660
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7716 6600
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7716 6600
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
7716 6600
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6173 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 4652
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 19 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 19 X 8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
450 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
450 600
Engine
Engine Type
Premium Unleaded V-6 Premium Unleaded V-6
Engine Oil Cooler
None -
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
266 @ 2500 273 @ 3500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.6 L/220 3.5 L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 6200 302 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 24
Transmission
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.83 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 2.86
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.73
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
No -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.44 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.84 4.38
Trans PTO Access
No -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.86 1.92
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Trans Type
8 7
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.22 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.90
Summary
Body Style
4MOTION Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Touareg Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Suspension
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
3.70 -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Axle Type - Rear
Independent -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.70 -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Axle Type - Front
Independent -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.4 (Est) 9.2 (Est)
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5.0 (Est)
Vehicle
EPA Classification
- Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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