Compare 2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2013 Volkswagen Touareg

2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2013 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 18 23 $46,286 $49,770
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 20 28 $47,681 $51,270
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 14 20 $54,684 $58,800
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 13 17 $89,373 $96,100
M-Class RWD 4-Door ML 350 18 23 $43,961 $47,270
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4-Door Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Touareg 4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $59,510 $62,575
Touareg 4-Door TDI Exec 20 29 $56,276 $59,175
Touareg 4-Door TDI Lux 20 29 $50,832 $53,450
Touareg 4-Door TDI Sport 20 29 $45,120 $47,445
Touareg 4-Door TDI Sport w/Nav 20 29 $47,083 $49,510
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Exec 17 23 $52,947 $55,675
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Lux 17 23 $47,503 $49,950
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Sport 17 23 $41,792 $43,945
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Sport w/Nav 17 23 $43,755 $46,010
Pricing
Invoice Price
$46,286
$59,510
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$49,770
$62,575
Monthly Payment Estimate
$830 / month
$1043 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
For families who want off-road or towing ability, but not a third row of seats, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class is one of the most enjoyable, secure utility-vehicle picks. The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg delivers good performance and a luxurious interior--although it's a mainstream brand asking for a luxury-vehicle price.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 34.900
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 39.600
Passenger Volume (ft³)
132.7 101.400
Second Hip Room (in)
58.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 59.800
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 38.900
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 56.700
Front Leg Room (in)
40.3 41.400
Front Hip Room (in)
58.3 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
84.3 76.400
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 64.900
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 7.900
Length, Overall (in)
189.1 188.800
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.7 68.200
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.2 65.700
Wheelbase (in)
114.8 113.900
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)
80.3 58.000
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)
38.2 32.100
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.3 13.000 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 13.000 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 26.400
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.6 12.800
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 39.000
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 2.660
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 8.5 19 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 15.000
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - NA
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
273 @ 3500 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)
23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 21
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.830
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.840
Trans Type
7 8
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - 1.000
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.210
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 4.020
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 2.810
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.67 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.430
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/Manual Shift
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 1.000
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.920
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.690
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A 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)
N/A NA
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.2 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 (2012) - TBD -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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