Compare 2014 BMW X5 vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2014 Volkswagen Touareg

2014 BMW X5
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2014 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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2014 Volkswagen Touareg
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AWD 4-Door xDrive35d
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
X5 AWD 4-Door xDrive35d 23 31 $52,070 $56,600
X5 AWD 4-Door xDrive35i 18 27 $50,690 $55,100
X5 AWD 4-Door xDrive50i 14 22 $62,745 $68,200
X5 RWD 4-Door sDrive35i 19 27 $48,575 $52,800
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4MATIC 4-Door ML 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 17 22 $46,770 $50,290
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 20 28 $48,165 $51,790
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 14 19 $55,289 $59,450
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 13 17 $90,443 $97,250
M-Class RWD 4-Door ML 350 18 24 $44,445 $47,790
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4-Door 3.6L Exec
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Touareg 4-Door 3.6L Exec 17 23 $55,096 $57,935
Touareg 4-Door 3.6L Lux 17 23 $49,500 $52,050
Touareg 4-Door 3.6L R-Line 17 23 $52,011 $54,690
Touareg 4-Door 3.6L Sport 17 23 $42,386 $44,570
Touareg 4-Door 3.6L Sport w/Nav 17 23 $45,752 $48,110
Touareg 4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $61,572 $64,745
Touareg 4-Door TDI Exec 20 29 $58,424 $61,435
Touareg 4-Door TDI Lux 20 29 $52,828 $55,550
Touareg 4-Door TDI R-Line 20 29 $55,339 $58,190
Touareg 4-Door TDI Sport w/Nav 20 29 $49,081 $51,610
Touareg 4-Door X 20 29 $53,417 $56,170
Pricing
Invoice Price
$52,070
$46,770
$55,096
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$56,600
$50,290
$57,935
Monthly Payment Estimate
$943 / month
$838 / month
$966 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 BMW X5 lightens up its look and its act with a warmer cabin, lots of techno handling tricks, and standout safety gear. For active families who need to tow a boat or occasionally head off-pavement–but don't need a third row–the 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML is an excellence vehicle choice. The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg is an expensive way to purchase a mainstream brand's vehicle, but it's more luxurious than many of its mainstream competitors.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 17 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 22 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD -
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.8 38.5 38.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 58.4 56.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.5 40.4 39.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
60.5 58.5 59.8
Second Leg Room (in)
36.6 38.4 36.9
Front Leg Room (in)
40.4 40.3 41.4
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
68.5 70.7 68.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
65 65.2 65.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.1 75.8 76.4
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 64.7 65
Wheelbase (in)
115.5 114.8 113.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
35.8 38.2 32.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
35.8 38.2 32.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
76.7 80.3 64
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 12.8 13
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.7 13 13
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- - 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.4 24.6 26.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.7 38.7 39
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P255/50HR19 P275/45HR20
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P255/50HR19 P275/45HR20
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5952 7200 7716
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5952 7200 7716
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
5952 7200 7716
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
595 720 772
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
595 720 772
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4930 4751 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
- - 6173
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8.5 19 X 8 20 X 9
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8.5 19 X 8 20 X 9
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
413 @ 1500 273 @ 3500 266 @ 2500
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
3.0 L/183 3.5 L/213 3.6 L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
255 @ 4000 302 @ 6500 280 @ 6200
Engine Type
Twin Turbo Diesel I-6 Premium Unleaded V-6 Premium Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Diesel Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
- - None
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 19 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 22 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 17 17
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.38 4.84
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.15 3.90 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.92 1.86
Trans Type
8 7 8
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 - 0.67
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.00 1.22
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.29 3.42 3.83
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.86 2.84
Trans Order Code
205 NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.73 0.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.37 1.44
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82 1.00
Trans PTO Access
- - No
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- - No
Transfer Case Model
- - None
Summary
Body Style
Sports Activity Vehicle 4MATIC 4MOTION
Vehicle Name
BMW X5 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg
Body Code
- - S
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Axle Type - Front
- - Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- - 3.70
Axle Type - Rear
- - Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- - 3.70
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.4 9.6 (Est) 9.4 (Est)
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 4.0 (Est) -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 600 450
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 180 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
- - 450
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
-
Rollover Rating
-
-

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