Compare 2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2008 Volkswagen Touareg

2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2008 Volkswagen Touareg
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4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI 18 24 $41,850 $45,000
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L 15 20 $40,920 $44,000
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door 5.5L 13 18 $49,058 $52,750
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door 6.3L AMG 11 14 $80,910 $87,000
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4-Door V10
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Touareg 2 4-Door V10 15 20 $62,785 $68,340
Touareg 2 4-Door V6 14 20 $36,183 $39,300
Touareg 2 4-Door V8 12 17 $44,510 $48,390
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,850
$62,785
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$45,000
$68,340
Monthly Payment Estimate
$750 / month
$1139 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is an appealing SUV with good road manners and a lofty price tag. The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg has more toughness than most mid-size SUVs for heavy-duty towing and off-road needs yet on-the-road comfort doesn’t suffer.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
- TBD - 57.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.8 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- TBD - 57.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
107 99
Second Leg Room (in)
40.0 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 38.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
64.0 65.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
188.5 187.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
71.5 68.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.1 65.7
Wheelbase (in)
114.7 112.4
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.2 75.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
72.4 71
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.4 31
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
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)
13.0 x - TBD - 13.0 x 1.10
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 13.78 x 1.34
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
25.1 26.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.7 38.1
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Electromechanical
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/50R19 P275/45VR19
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - P195/75R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/50R19 P275/45YR19
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7200 7716
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
720 772
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4817 5825
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 19 x 9
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 19 x 9
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 18.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 190
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 450
Engine
Engine Type
Diesel V6 Diesel V10
Fuel System
CDI TDI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
398 @ 1600 - 2400 553 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/182 5.0L/300
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
215 @ 4000 310 @ 3750
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 15
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - 2.66
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.15
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.56
Trans Type
7 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA w/Tiptronic & OD
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.39
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg 2
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Arm Multi-link Independent Air
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs 4-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent Air
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone

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