Compare 2011 Volvo XC90 vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz M Class

2011 Volvo XC90
2011 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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FWD 4-Door I6
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door I6 16 22 $36,096 $38,400
FWD 4-Door I6 16 22 $36,096 $38,400
AWD 4-Door I6 R-Design 16 22 $37,788 $40,200
FWD 4-Door I6 R-Design 16 22 $37,788 $40,200
AWD 4-Door V8 14 21 $45,120 $48,000
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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
$36,096
$43,236
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,400
$46,490
Monthly Payment Estimate
$640 / month
$775 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Volvo XC90 has aged gracefully and now is more feature-packed than ever; however, its poor fuel economy tarnishes an otherwise superb vehicle. 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
22 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
54.1 58.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 59.8
Third Leg Room (in)
30.1 -
Second Head Room (in)
38.4 39.8
Passenger Capacity
7 5
Third Hip Room (in)
44.5 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 59.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.0 42.2
Third Head Room (in)
35.5 -
Front Hip Room (in)
55.4 58.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
54.1 -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 40.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 39.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 132.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.9 64.1
Wheelbase (in)
112.6 114.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
32.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.7 76.3
Track Width, Front (in)
64.3 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.9 8.3
Length, Overall (in)
189.3 188.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
44.4 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.2 71.5
Liftover Height (in)
31.1 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
49.3 41.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.3 29.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
79.5 75.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
85.1 72.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
22.5 NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
8.8 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
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)
12.1 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)
13.2 x - TBD - 13.0 x 1.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 25.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.9 18.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 37.9
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.6
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/65R18 P255/50R19
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/65R18 P255/50R19
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
397 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
596 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3970 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3970 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4751 4632
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7 19 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7 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)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.2L/195 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
235 @ 6200 268 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System
EFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
236 @ 3200 258 @ 2400 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 20
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
Geartronic NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.06 3.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic, Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.15 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volvo XC90 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 4-Arm multilink w/stabilizer bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone w/stabilizer bar
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 2
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.4 11.0
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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