Compare 2009 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2008 Volkswagen Touareg

2009 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2008 Volkswagen Touareg
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4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L BlueTEC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L BlueTEC 18 24 $45,198 $48,600
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L 15 20 $43,803 $47,100
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door 5.5L 13 18 $51,894 $55,800
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door 6.3L AMG 11 15 $83,793 $90,100
M-Class RWD 4-Door 3.5L 16 21 $41,478 $44,600
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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
$45,198
$62,785
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$48,600
$68,340
Monthly Payment Estimate
$810 / month
$1139 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
It ain’t cheap, but the 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class deserves its place atop the luxury SUV echelon. 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 Leg Room (in)
40.0 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 38.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
58.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.9 57.7
Second Head Room (in)
39.8 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.8 57.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
132.7 99
Front Hip Room (in)
58.3 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.3 75.9
Track Width, Front (in)
64.0 65.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
188.2 187.2
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
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
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.3 13.78 x 1.34
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 0.45 13.0 x 1.10
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
25.1 26.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.62 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.6 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.9 38.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electromechanical
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P255/50R19 P275/45YR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/50R19 P275/45VR19
Spare Tire Size
NA P195/75R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
1080 772
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4974 5825
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 19 x 9
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 19 x 9
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10 18.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 450
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 190
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 3800 310 @ 3750
Engine Type
Turbocharged Diesel V6 Diesel V10
Fuel System
- TBD - TDI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
398 @ 1600 - 2400 553 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/182 5.0L/300
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 20
Transmission
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA w/Tiptronic & OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42/2.23 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - 2.66
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.15
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.56
Trans Type
7 6
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg 2
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Arm Multilink Independent Air
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA 4-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent Air
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 -

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