Compare 2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2012 Volkswagen Touareg

2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2012 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 17 22 $45,561 $48,990
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 20 27 $46,956 $50,490
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 15 20 $53,559 $57,590
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 14 18 $88,341 $94,990
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4-Door Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Touareg 4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $58,115 $61,110
Touareg 4-Door TDI Exec 19 28 $54,926 $57,755
Touareg 4-Door TDI Lux 19 28 $49,790 $52,355
Touareg 4-Door TDI Sport 19 28 $44,579 $46,875
Touareg 4-Door TDI Sport w/Nav 19 28 $46,119 $48,495
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Exec 16 23 $51,597 $54,255
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Lux 16 23 $46,461 $48,855
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Sport 16 23 $41,251 $43,375
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Sport w/Nav 16 23 $42,791 $44,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$45,561
$58,115
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$48,990
$61,110
Monthly Payment Estimate
$817 / month
$1019 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class is improved in nearly way, and remains one of the most luxurious and secure choices for families not needing a third row of seats. The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg offers refined powertrains, excellent interior comfort, as well as a luxurious feel--although it carries a luxury-class price tag for a mainstream brand.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 34.9
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 39.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
132.7 101.4
Second Hip Room (in)
58.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 59.8
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 38.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 56.7
Front Leg Room (in)
40.3 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)
64.7 64.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.2 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)
65.2 65.7
Wheelbase (in)
114.8 113.9
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)
71.0 58.0
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)
36.2 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)
12.8 x 0.6 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)
27.7 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)
38.7 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)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
1080 1155
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7200 7700
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4751 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
273 @ 3500-5250 428 @ - TBD -
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
302 @ 6500 380 @ - TBD -
Engine Type
Gas V6 Superchaged Gas/Electric V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 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 - 1.00
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 w/Manual Shift
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 - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 4

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