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

2011 BMW X5
X
2011 Mercedes-Benz M Class
X
2011 Volkswagen Touareg
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AWD 4-Door 35d
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 35d 19 26 $47,655 $51,800
AWD 4-Door 35i Premium 16 23 $47,930 $52,100
AWD 4-Door 35i Sport Activity 16 23 $50,230 $54,600
AWD 4-Door 50i 14 20 $54,190 $58,900
AWD 4-Door 12 17 $78,845 $85,700
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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
Select style
4-Door VR6 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door VR6 Sport 16 23 $42,273 $44,450
4-Door TDI Sport 19 28 $45,601 $47,950
4-Door VR6 Lux 16 23 $45,933 $48,300
4-Door TDI Lux 19 28 $49,261 $51,800
4-Door VR6 Exec 16 23 $51,354 $54,000
4-Door TDI Exec 19 28 $54,683 $57,500
4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $57,598 $60,565
Pricing
Invoice Price
$47,655
$43,236
$42,273
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$51,800
$46,490
$44,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$863 / month
$775 / month
$741 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
8.0
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. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns respect with neat styling riffs, shock-and-awe AMG power, and your choice of earth-saving powertrains. The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has dropped some of its ruggedness in favor of the comfort suburban families want—but it's still not quite a rival to luxury-brand utes.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 16 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 20 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
NA - -
Second Head Room (in)
39.3 39.8 38.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Third Hip Room (in)
NA - -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.0 59.8 56.7
Front Leg Room (in)
40.0 42.2 41.4
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 34.9
Front Head Room (in)
36.6 39.9 39.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.4 132.7 101.4
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 58.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
60.0 59.8 59.8
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.1 76.3 76.4
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 64.0 64.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.7 8.3 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
191.2 188.2 188.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
69.9 71.5 68.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.0 64.1 65.7
Wheelbase (in)
115.5 114.7 113.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
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 70.9
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 32.1
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.0 x 0.5 13.0 x - TBD -
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 13.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.5 25.1 26.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.5 18.6 12.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
42.0 37.9 39.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.6 2.63
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
255/55R18 P255/50R19 255/55R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact 195/75R18
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
255/55R18 P255/50R19 255/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
600 NA 1155
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 NA 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6000 NA 7700
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 NA 500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5192 4632 4711
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 19 x 8.0 18 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 19 x 8.0 18 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
210 - TBD - 220
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
265 @ 4200 268 @ 6000 280 @ 6200
Engine Type
Diesel I6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
DI - TBD - EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
425 @ 1750-2250 258 @ 2400 - 5000 265 @ 3000-4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/182 3.5L/213 3.6L/195
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 16 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 17 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 20 23
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 NA NA
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.00 1.22
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 3.42/2.23 3.83
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.34 2.86 2.84
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.64 3.90 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 1.37 1.44
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.82 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.38 4.85
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.92 1.86
Trans Type
6 7 8
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73 0.82
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.67
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 w/stabilizer bar Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone w/stabilizer bar Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 11.0 9.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 2 3
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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