Compare 2013 BMW X5 vs 2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2013 Volkswagen Touareg

2013 BMW X5
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2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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2013 Volkswagen Touareg
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AWD 4-Door xDrive35d
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
X5 AWD 4-Door xDrive35d 19 26 $52,165 $56,700
X5 AWD 4-Door xDrive35i 16 23 $43,700 $47,500
X5 AWD 4-Door xDrive35i Premium 16 23 $50,785 $55,200
X5 AWD 4-Door xDrive35i Sport Activity 16 23 $53,085 $57,700
X5 AWD 4-Door xDrive50i 14 20 $59,065 $64,200
X5 M AWD 4-Door 12 17 $81,740 $88,850
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4MATIC 4-Door ML 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 18 23 $46,286 $49,770
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 20 28 $47,681 $51,270
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 14 20 $54,684 $58,800
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 13 17 $89,373 $96,100
M-Class RWD 4-Door ML 350 18 23 $43,961 $47,270
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4-Door Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Touareg 4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $59,510 $62,575
Touareg 4-Door TDI Exec 20 29 $56,276 $59,175
Touareg 4-Door TDI Lux 20 29 $50,832 $53,450
Touareg 4-Door TDI Sport 20 29 $45,120 $47,445
Touareg 4-Door TDI Sport w/Nav 20 29 $47,083 $49,510
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Exec 17 23 $52,947 $55,675
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Lux 17 23 $47,503 $49,950
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Sport 17 23 $41,792 $43,945
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Sport w/Nav 17 23 $43,755 $46,010
Pricing
Invoice Price
$52,165
$46,286
$59,510
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$56,700
$49,770
$62,575
Monthly Payment Estimate
$945 / month
$830 / month
$1043 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
While it's not as fresh-faced as some of the competition, the 2013 BMW X5 continues to shine in utility, comfort, driving, and, in the X5 M, shockingly high performance. For families who want off-road or towing ability, but not a third row of seats, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class is one of the most enjoyable, secure utility-vehicle picks. The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg delivers good performance and a luxurious interior--although it's a mainstream brand asking for a luxury-vehicle price.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 18 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 23 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
36.600 40.4 39.600
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.4 132.7 101.400
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 58.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
60.000 58.5 59.800
Third Leg Room (in)
NA - -
Second Head Room (in)
39.300 38.5 38.900
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Third Hip Room (in)
NA - -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.000 58.4 56.700
Front Leg Room (in)
40.000 40.3 41.400
Third Head Room (in)
NA - -
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 58.3 - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA - -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.600 38.4 34.900
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.000 65.2 65.700
Wheelbase (in)
115.500 114.8 113.900
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.100 84.3 76.400
Track Width, Front (in)
64.700 64.7 64.900
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.740 5.4 7.900
Length, Overall (in)
191.100 189.1 188.800
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
69.900 70.7 68.200
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 41.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
21.900 38.2 32.100
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)
75.200 80.3 58.000
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 -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.0 x 1.3 13.000 x - TBD -
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 - 12.8 x 0.6 13.000 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.500 27.7 26.400
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.500 18.6 12.800
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
42.000 38.7 39.000
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.6 2.660
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Front Tire Size
255/55R18 P255/50R19 265/50R19
Spare Tire Size
NA 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)
500 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
900 1080 1155
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6000 7200 7700
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5192 4751 5135
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 19 x 8.5 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 8.5 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.0 15.000
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 302 @ 6500 380 @ - TBD -
Engine Type
Diesel I6 Gas V6 Superchaged Gas/Electric V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
425 @ 1750-2250 273 @ 3500 428 @ - TBD -
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 (Est) 23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 (Est) 18 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- TBD - 20 21
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.520 1.92 1.840
Trans Type
6 7 8
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.000 - TBD - 1.000
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.870 1.00 1.210
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.400 3.42 4.020
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.340 2.86 2.810
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.640 3.67 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.140 1.37 1.430
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/Manual Shift
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.690 0.82 1.000
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.170 4.38 4.920
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73 0.830
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.690
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW X5 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A N/A NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
N/A N/A NA
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- TBD - 9.2 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 3 (2012) - TBD -
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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