Compare 2011 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2011 Volkswagen Touareg

2011 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2011 Volkswagen Touareg
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4MATIC 4-Door ML 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 15 20 $45,561 $48,990
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 18 25 $46,956 $50,490
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 450 Hybrid 20 24 $51,885 $55,790
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 13 18 $53,559 $57,590
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 11 15 $86,109 $92,590
M-Class RWD 4-Door ML 350 16 20 $43,236 $46,490
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4-Door Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Touareg 4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $57,598 $60,565
Touareg 4-Door TDI Exec 19 28 $54,683 $57,500
Touareg 4-Door TDI Lux 19 28 $49,261 $51,800
Touareg 4-Door TDI Sport 19 28 $45,601 $47,950
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Exec 16 23 $51,354 $54,000
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Lux 16 23 $45,933 $48,300
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Sport 16 23 $42,273 $44,450
Pricing
Invoice Price
$45,561
$57,598
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$48,990
$60,565
Monthly Payment Estimate
$817 / month
$1009 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns respect with neat styling riffs, shock-and-awe AMG power, and your choice of earth-saving powertrains. The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has dropped some of its ruggedness in favor of the comfort suburban families want—but it's still not quite a rival to luxury-brand utes.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
40.0 34.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 39.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
132.7 101.4
Second Hip Room (in)
58.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.8 59.8
Second Head Room (in)
39.8 38.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.8 56.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
58.3 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.3 76.4
Track Width, Front (in)
64.0 64.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
188.2 188.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
71.5 68.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.1 65.7
Wheelbase (in)
114.7 113.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
75.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
72.4 70.9
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)
41.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.4 32.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.3 13.0 x - TBD -
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 0.5 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
25.1 26.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.6 12.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.9 39.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 2.66
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P255/50R19 265/50R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/50R19 265/50R19
Spare Tire Size
Compact 195/75R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 1155
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 7700
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4705 5135
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 19 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 15.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - NA
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2400 - 5000 425 @ 3000-5250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
268 @ 6000 380 @ 5500-6500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Superchaged Gas/Electric V6
Fuel System
- TBD - EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 21
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.83
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.84
Trans Type
7 8
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42/2.23 4.02
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 2.81
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.90 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.43
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.92
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.69
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Arm multilink w/stabilizer bar Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone w/stabilizer bar Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.0 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 - TBD -

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