Compare 2011 BMW X5 vs 2010 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2010 Volkswagen Touareg

2011 BMW X5
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2010 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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2010 Volkswagen Touareg
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AWD 4-Door 35d
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
X5 AWD 4-Door 35d 19 26 $47,655 $51,800
X5 AWD 4-Door 35i Premium 16 23 $47,930 $52,100
X5 AWD 4-Door 35i Sport Activity 16 23 $50,230 $54,600
X5 AWD 4-Door 50i 14 20 $54,190 $58,900
X5 M AWD 4-Door 12 17 $78,845 $85,700
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4MATIC 4-Door ML 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 15 20 $44,826 $48,200
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 18 25 $46,221 $49,700
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 450 Hybrid 21 24 $51,150 $55,000
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 13 18 $52,778 $56,750
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 11 15 $84,676 $91,050
M-Class RWD 4-Door ML 350 16 21 $42,501 $45,700
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4-Door V6 TDI
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Touareg 4-Door V6 TDI 18 25 $40,830 $44,350
Touareg 4-Door VR6 14 19 $37,624 $40,850
Pricing
Invoice Price
$47,655
$44,826
$40,830
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$51,800
$48,200
$44,350
Monthly Payment Estimate
$863 / month
$803 / month
$739 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 BMW X5 offers impressive handling and features, but lacks the styling and interior that makes competitors pop, while the X5 M offers nearly sports car levels of performance with all the utility of a standard X5. Though it's far from cheap, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns our kudos with hip styling riffs, shock-and-awe AMG power, and your choice of earth-saving powertrains. The 2010 Volkswagen Touareg is a different type of vehicle than it appears. If toughness takes precedence over space and versatility, it might be right for you.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 15 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 20 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.3 39.8 38.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Third Hip Room (in)
NA - -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.0 59.8 57.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.0 42.2 41.3
Third Head Room (in)
NA - -
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 58.3 - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA - -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.6 40.0 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
36.6 39.9 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.4 132.7 99
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 58.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
60.0 59.8 57.7
Third Leg Room (in)
NA - -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 64.0 65.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.7 8.3 8.3
Length, Overall (in)
191.2 188.2 187.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
69.9 71.5 68.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.0 64.1 65.7
Wheelbase (in)
115.5 114.7 112.4
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.1 76.3 75.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 75.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
61.8 72.4 71
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 41.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
21.9 29.4 31
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.0 x 0.5 13.0 x 1.1
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.0 x 1.3 13.8 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.5 25.1 26.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
42.0 37.9 38.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Servotronic pwr steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.62 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.5 18.6 14.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact 195/80R17
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
255/55R18 P255/50R19 P255/60HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Front Tire Size
255/55R18 P255/50R19 P255/60HR17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
600 NA 1157
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6000 NA 7716
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5192 4705 5304
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 19 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 19 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10 16.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
210 - TBD - 190
Engine
Engine Type
Diesel I6 Gas V6 Diesel V6
Fuel System
DI Electronic Fuel Injection TDI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
425 @ 1750-2250 258 @ 2400 - 5000 406 @ 1750-2250
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/182 3.5L/213 3.0L/181
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
265 @ 4200 268 @ 6000 225 @ 3,500-4,000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 15 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 17 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 20 25
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 3.42/2.23 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.34 2.86 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.64 3.90 3.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 1.37 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - - TBD - 2.66
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.82 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.38 4.15
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.92 1.56
Trans Type
6 7 6
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Four wheel drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 1.00 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.00 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA w/Tiptronic & OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73 -
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
BMW X5 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Integral 4-Arm Multilink Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA 4-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 11.0 10.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 3 4
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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