Compare 2015 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2015 Volkswagen Touareg

2015 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2015 Volkswagen Touareg
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4MATIC 4-Door ML 250 BlueTEC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 250 BlueTEC 22 29 $46,314 $49,800
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 17 22 $47,244 $50,800
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 400 18 22 $58,497 $62,900
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 13 17 $91,512 $98,400
M-Class RWD 4-Door ML 350 18 24 $44,919 $48,300
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4-Door TDI Executive
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Touareg 4-Door TDI Executive 20 29 $59,153 $62,200
Touareg 4-Door TDI Lux 20 29 $53,893 $56,670
Touareg 4-Door TDI Sport w/Technology 20 29 $49,684 $52,245
Touareg 4-Door V6 Executive 17 23 $55,825 $58,700
Touareg 4-Door V6 Hybrid 20 24 $63,713 $66,995
Touareg 4-Door V6 Lux 17 23 $50,564 $53,170
Touareg 4-Door V6 Sport 17 23 $42,515 $44,705
Touareg 4-Door V6 Sport w/Technology 17 23 $46,356 $48,745
Pricing
Invoice Price
$46,314
$59,153
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$49,800
$62,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$830 / month
$1037 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class doesn't crow about off-roading: it's more concerned with things like fuel economy and in the AMG, superhero acceleration. The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg is expensive and fancy for a VW, but less expensive than some comparable luxury-SUV options.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 29 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 36.7
Front Leg Room (in)
40.3 41.4
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 38.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 56.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 39.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 59.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
65 66
Wheelbase (in)
114.8 113.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.8 76.4
Track Width, Front (in)
64.9 65.2
Length, Overall (in)
189.1 188.8
Height, Overall (in)
70.7 68.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
38.2 32.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.3 64
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
38.2 32.1
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 13
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 13
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
4-Wheel 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
Front Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P275/45HR20
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
STDTR NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P275/45HR20
Rear Tire Order Code
STDTR NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 7716
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6600 7716
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
6600 7716
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 772
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
660 772
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 20 X 9
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 20 X 9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
600 450
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 220
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 450
Engine
Displacement
2.1 L/131 3.0 L/181
Engine Oil Cooler
Regular Duty None
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 3800 240 @ 3400
Engine Type
Twin Turbo Diesel I-4 Intercooled Turbo Diesel V-6
Fuel System
Diesel Direct Injection Diesel Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
369 @ 1600 406 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 20
Transmission
Drivetrain
All Wheel All Wheel
Trans PTO Access
No No
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.86
Trans Type
7 8
Transfer Case Power Take Off
No No
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 4.07
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 2.84
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.82
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Transfer Case Model
None None
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 4.97
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.69
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg
Body Code
S S
Body Style
4MATIC 4MOTION
Suspension
Axle Type - Front
Independent Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
3.45 3.27
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Axle Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.45 3.27
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.2 9.0 (Est)
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
- 6305
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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