Compare 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class vs 2016 Volkswagen Touareg

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class
2016 Volkswagen Touareg
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4MATIC 4-Door AMG GLE 63
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GLE 4MATIC 4-Door AMG GLE 63 13 17 $92,954 $99,950
GLE 4MATIC 4-Door AMG GLE 63 S Coupe 14 18 $101,649 $109,300
GLE 4MATIC 4-Door AMG GLE 63 S-Model 13 17 $99,603 $107,100
GLE 4MATIC 4-Door GLE 300d 22 29 $48,825 $52,500
GLE 4MATIC 4-Door GLE 350 17 22 $49,848 $53,600
GLE 4MATIC 4-Door GLE 400 18 22 $60,078 $64,600
GLE 4MATIC 4-Door GLE 450 AMG Coupe 17 23 $60,543 $65,100
GLE 4MATIC 4-Door GLE 550e 18 22 $60,962 $65,550
GLE RWD 4-Door GLE 350 18 24 $47,523 $51,100
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4-Door TDI Executive
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Touareg 4-Door TDI Executive 21 28 $60,145 $63,245
Touareg 4-Door TDI Lux 21 28 $52,258 $54,950
Touareg 4-Door TDI Sport w/Technology 21 28 $47,782 $50,245
Touareg 4-Door V6 Executive 17 23 $56,817 $59,745
Touareg 4-Door V6 Lux 17 23 $48,930 $51,450
Touareg 4-Door V6 Sport 17 23 $40,613 $42,705
Touareg 4-Door V6 Sport w/Technology 17 23 $44,454 $46,745
Pricing
Invoice Price
$92,954
$60,145
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$99,950
$63,245
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1666 / month
$1054 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The M-Class gets a new lease on luxury-crossover life as the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class—and it's joined by a swoopy new Coupe variant. Expensive and fancy for a vehicle from a mainstream brand, the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg is also less expensive than some comparable luxury-SUV options.
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Fuel Economy
City
13 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
17 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD -
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 39.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 59.8
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 36.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
40.3 41.4
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 38.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 56.7
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
191 188.8
Height, Overall (in)
69.4 68.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.1 66
Wheelbase (in)
114.8 113.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.8 76.4
Track Width, Front (in)
66.4 65.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.3 64
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
38.2 32.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
38.2 32.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
15.4 13
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 13
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
24.6 26.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 39
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P265/45ZR20 P275/45HR20
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
R01 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P265/45ZR20 P275/45HR20
Rear Tire Order Code
R01 NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
720 772
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
720 772
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7200 7716
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7200 7716
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
7200 7716
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5238 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
- 6305
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 X 9 20 X 9
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
20 X 9 20 X 9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 450
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 220
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
- 450
Engine
Engine Type
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 Intercooled Turbo Diesel V-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Diesel Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
516 @ 1750 406 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
5.5 L/333 3.0 L/181
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
550 @ 5750 240 @ 3400
Engine Oil Cooler
- None
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
13 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
15 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
17 28
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 4.07
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.89 2.84
Trans Order Code
427 NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.44
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain
All Wheel All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.34 4.97
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.67 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.86
Trans Type
7 8
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.82
Transfer Case Model
- None
Trans PTO Access
- No
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.69
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- No
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz GLE Volkswagen Touareg
Body Style
4MATIC Sport Utility 4MOTION
Body Code
- S
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Axle Type - Rear
- Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- 3.27
Axle Type - Front
- Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- 3.27
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.8 8.6
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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