Compare 2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2009 Volkswagen Touareg

2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2009 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 V6 TDI
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Touareg 2 4-Door V6 TDI 17 25 $39,409 $42,800
Touareg 2 4-Door V8 13 18 $44,997 $48,900
Touareg 2 4-Door VR6 14 20 $36,203 $39,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,850
$39,409
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$45,000
$42,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$750 / month
$713 / 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 2009 Volkswagen Touareg is comfortable and capable.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
64.0 65.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 8.3
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 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.4 31
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
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 -
Brakes
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 - 13.0 x 1.3
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 1.1
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
25.1 26.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.7 38.1
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Electromechanical
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/50R19 P255/60HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/50R19 P255/60HR17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
720 772
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7200 7716
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4817 - TBD -
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.0L/182 3.0L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
215 @ 4000 221 @ - TBD -
Engine Type
Diesel V6 Diesel V6
Fuel System
CDI TDI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
398 @ 1600 - 2400 - TBD -
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- - TBD -
Transmission
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
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - -
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.45 4.56
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg 2
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Arm Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs 4-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- - TBD -

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