2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs. Its Competition

2008 Mercedes-Benz ML550
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The BMW X5 is the Mercedes-Benz M-Class's closest competitor--in fact, just the state of Georgia separates the Mercedes factory in Alabama from the BMW factory in South Carolina.

The X5 offers a third-row seat, but more sedate styling.

The Lexus GX 470 has good off-road capability but a dowdy exterior shape.

The Infiniti FX is brand-new, and its aggressive styling gets a V-8 option to match.

The Volkswagen Touareg sits high, feels thick and sturdy, and has seats for five adults.

2008 Mercedes-Benz ML5502008 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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2009 Infiniti FX2009 INFINITI FX
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2008 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door V6 Angular Front Exterior View2008 Volkswagen Touareg
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is an appealing SUV with good road manners and a lofty price tag.
The 2009 Infiniti FX offers a truly distinctive shape and sportscarlike acceleration. If you need to haul plywood or lots of kids, though, look elsewhere.
The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg has more toughness than most mid-size SUVs for heavy-duty towing and off-road needs yet on-the-road comfort doesn’t suffer.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
11 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class  
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
4MATIC 4-Door 3.5LRWD 4-Door4-Door V6
4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs. 2009 INFINITI FX2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs. 2008 Volkswagen Touareg