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

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High

- TBD - 1.000

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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