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

2011 BMW X5
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2011 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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2011 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 $45,561 $48,990
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 18 25 $46,956 $50,490
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 450 Hybrid 20 24 $51,885 $55,790
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 13 18 $53,559 $57,590
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 11 15 $86,109 $92,590
M-Class RWD 4-Door ML 350 16 20 $43,236 $46,490
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4-Door Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Touareg 4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $57,598 $60,565
Touareg 4-Door TDI Exec 19 28 $54,683 $57,500
Touareg 4-Door TDI Lux 19 28 $49,261 $51,800
Touareg 4-Door TDI Sport 19 28 $45,601 $47,950
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Exec 16 23 $51,354 $54,000
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Lux 16 23 $45,933 $48,300
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Sport 16 23 $42,273 $44,450
Pricing
Invoice Price
$47,655
$45,561
$57,598
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$51,800
$48,990
$60,565
Monthly Payment Estimate
$863 / month
$817 / month
$1009 / 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 15 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 20 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 58.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
60.0 59.8 59.8
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
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
115.5 114.7 113.9
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
21.9 29.4 32.1
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 -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
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 -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.5 25.1 26.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.5 18.6 12.8
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 2.66
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Front Tire Size
255/55R18 P255/50R19 265/50R19
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 265/50R19
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 NA 500
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5192 4705 5135
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 19 x 8.0 19 x - TBD -
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 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.0 15.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
210 - TBD - NA
Engine
Displacement
3.0L/182 3.5L/213 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
265 @ 4200 268 @ 6000 380 @ 5500-6500
Engine Type
Diesel I6 Gas V6 Superchaged Gas/Electric V6
Fuel System
DI - TBD - EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
425 @ 1750-2250 258 @ 2400 - 5000 425 @ 3000-5250
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 15 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 17 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 20 24
Transmission
Trans Type
6 7 8
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 - TBD - NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.00 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 3.42/2.23 4.02
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.34 2.86 2.81
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.64 3.90 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 1.37 1.43
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.82 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.38 4.92
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.92 1.84
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73 0.83
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.69
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
BMW X5 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 3 - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 11.0 8.9
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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