Compare 2015 BMW X5 vs 2015 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2015 Volkswagen Touareg

2015 BMW X5
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2015 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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2015 Volkswagen Touareg
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AWD 4-Door xDrive35i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
X5 AWD 4-Door xDrive35i 18 27 $52,205 $56,200
X5 AWD 4-Door xDrive50i 15 22 $64,990 $70,100
X5 RWD 4-Door sDrive35i 19 27 $50,090 $53,900
X5 M AWD 4-Door 14 19 $91,305 $98,700
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4MATIC 4-Door ML 250 BlueTEC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 250 BlueTEC 22 29 $46,314 $49,800
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 17 22 $47,244 $50,800
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 400 18 22 $58,497 $62,900
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 13 17 $91,512 $98,400
M-Class RWD 4-Door ML 350 18 24 $44,919 $48,300
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4-Door TDI Executive
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Touareg 4-Door TDI Executive 20 29 $59,153 $62,200
Touareg 4-Door TDI Lux 20 29 $53,893 $56,670
Touareg 4-Door TDI Sport w/Technology 20 29 $49,684 $52,245
Touareg 4-Door V6 Executive 17 23 $55,825 $58,700
Touareg 4-Door V6 Hybrid 20 24 $63,713 $66,995
Touareg 4-Door V6 Lux 17 23 $50,564 $53,170
Touareg 4-Door V6 Sport 17 23 $42,515 $44,705
Touareg 4-Door V6 Sport w/Technology 17 23 $46,356 $48,745
Pricing
Invoice Price
$52,205
$46,314
$59,153
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$56,200
$49,800
$62,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$937 / month
$830 / month
$1037 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 BMW X5 is a handsome, capable, tech-filled vehicle for the shopper who wants a luxury SUV. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class doesn't crow about off-roading: it's more concerned with things like fuel economy and in the AMG, superhero acceleration. The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg is expensive and fancy for a VW, but less expensive than some comparable luxury-SUV options.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 22 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 29 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD - -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.6 38.4 36.7
Front Leg Room (in)
40.4 40.3 41.4
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
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
60.5 58.5 59.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 64.9 65.2
Wheelbase (in)
115.5 114.8 113.9
Height, Overall (in)
68.5 70.7 68.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
65 65 66
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.1 75.8 76.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
76.7 80.3 64
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
35.8 38.2 32.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
35.8 38.2 32.1
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
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
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.4 24.6 26.4
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.7 38.7 39
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA STDTR NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P255/55HR18 P275/45HR20
Rear Tire Order Code
NA STDTR NA
Front Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P255/55HR18 P275/45HR20
Spare Tire Size
NA NA Compact
Trailering
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
5952 6600 7716
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
595 660 772
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
595 660 772
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5952 6600 7716
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5952 6600 7716
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4790 - -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
- - 6305
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8.5 18 X 8 20 X 9
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8.5 18 X 8 20 X 9
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
210 180 220
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 600 450
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
- 600 450
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 5800 200 @ 3800 240 @ 3400
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6 Twin Turbo Diesel I-4 Intercooled Turbo Diesel V-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Diesel Direct Injection Diesel Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
300 @ 1200 369 @ 1600 406 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
3.0 L/182 2.1 L/131 3.0 L/181
Engine Oil Cooler
- Regular Duty None
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 25 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 29 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 22 20
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.00 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.29 3.42 4.07
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.86 2.84
Trans Order Code
205 NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.37 1.44
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 - 0.69
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.38 4.97
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.15 - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.92 1.86
Trans Type
8 7 8
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.73 0.82
Trans PTO Access
- No No
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- No No
Transfer Case Model
- None None
Summary
Body Style
Sports Activity Vehicle 4MATIC 4MOTION
Vehicle Name
BMW X5 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg
Body Code
- S S
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link - -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone - -
Axle Type - Front
- Independent Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- 3.45 3.27
Axle Type - Rear
- Independent Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- 3.45 3.27
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.4 (Est) 8.2 9.0 (Est)
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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