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Compare 2014 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2014 Volkswagen Touareg

2014 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2014 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 $46,770 $50,290
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 20 28 $48,165 $51,790
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 14 19 $55,289 $59,450
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 13 17 $90,443 $97,250
M-Class RWD 4-Door ML 350 18 24 $44,445 $47,790
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4-Door 3.6L Exec
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Touareg 4-Door 3.6L Exec 17 23 $55,096 $57,935
Touareg 4-Door 3.6L Lux 17 23 $49,500 $52,050
Touareg 4-Door 3.6L R-Line 17 23 $52,011 $54,690
Touareg 4-Door 3.6L Sport 17 23 $42,386 $44,570
Touareg 4-Door 3.6L Sport w/Nav 17 23 $45,752 $48,110
Touareg 4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $61,572 $64,745
Touareg 4-Door TDI Exec 20 29 $58,424 $61,435
Touareg 4-Door TDI Lux 20 29 $52,828 $55,550
Touareg 4-Door TDI R-Line 20 29 $55,339 $58,190
Touareg 4-Door TDI Sport w/Nav 20 29 $49,081 $51,610
Touareg 4-Door X 20 29 $53,417 $56,170
Pricing
Invoice Price
$46,770
$55,096
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$50,290
$57,935
Monthly Payment Estimate
$838 / month
$966 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
For active families who need to tow a boat or occasionally head off-pavement–but don't need a third row–the 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML is an excellence vehicle choice. The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg is an expensive way to purchase a mainstream brand's vehicle, but it's more luxurious than many of its mainstream competitors.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD -
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 56.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 39.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 59.8
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 36.9
Front Leg Room (in)
40.3 41.4
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 38.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 65
Length, Overall (in)
189.1 188.8
Height, Overall (in)
70.7 68.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.2 65.8
Wheelbase (in)
114.8 113.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.8 76.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.3 64
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
38.2 32.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
38.2 32.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 13
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 13
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
24.6 26.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 39
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/50HR19 P275/45HR20
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/50HR19 P275/45HR20
Trailering
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
7200 7716
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
720 772
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
720 772
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7200 7716
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7200 7716
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4751 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
- 6173
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 8 20 X 9
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 8 20 X 9
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 450
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
- 450
Engine
Engine Type
Premium Unleaded V-6 Premium Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
273 @ 3500 266 @ 2500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 3.6 L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
302 @ 6500 280 @ 6200
Engine Oil Cooler
- None
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 19
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.82
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.83
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 2.84
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.44
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.84
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.90 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.86
Trans Type
7 8
Drivetrain
All Wheel All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.22
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Trans PTO Access
- No
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- No
Transfer Case Model
- None
Summary
Body Style
4MATIC 4MOTION
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg
Body Code
- S
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link -
Axle Type - Front
- Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- 3.70
Axle Type - Rear
- Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- 3.70
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4.0 (Est) -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 (Est) 9.4 (Est)
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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