Toyota LandCruiser LC5 Prado Vs Mercedes Benz M-Class

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Here's a quick comparison between the 150 series Toyota Land Cruiser LC5 Prado and the Mercedes M-Class (W164). 

The newest Prado is now positioned closer to the prestige manufacturers in terms of quality and refinement and so forth and in all honestly some would consider a base model Mercedes to the top range Prado.

See the specification comparison below!


Mercedes Benz M-Class 
150 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

Although the two are aimed at different parts of the market I thought it would be an interesting comparison. Note that the BMW is releasing an updated X5 in later in 2010/2011. 

Once again the M-Class is not in the same league as the Land Cruiser in terms of 4WD capability or even the same size but nonetheless pricing means that I've included here.

The Mercedes M-Class has all the latest traction control systems that can supposedly overcome a variety of off-road obstacles, mud, sand, gravel and so forth. The M-Class is a competitor for the BMW X5, Volkswagen Toureg, and Land Rover Discovery4. They are all supposedly design for on road car like handling but with off-road ability. In all honestly none of them we tried could challenge a sporty-ish sedan like a Subaru Liberty for on-road handling.

As far as engines go there are a number of options including an AMG version the ML63. This version of the M-Class boasts 375Kw and a 0-100 time of 5 seconds!  Of course the price accordingly high.

The interior was typical of the current range of Mercedes thus high quality materials. The M-Class does have better quality interior and certainly feels more solid to sit drive. The only thing we can criticize is the cheap feeling dials on the center console otherwise very nice integrated but dark interior. We also think the M-Class gives a better feeling of luxury than the BMW X5.

Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...

150 Series Toyota Prado
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD

Mercedes Benz M-Class
2010 $83,500 - 171,500 AUD



Overall we think the M-Class is better than the BMW X5 or Discovery4 and on par with the Volkwagen Toureg. Overall very nice car.

Landcruiser Prado (150 Series) Mercedes Benz M-Class

1GR-FE (modified)
V6 Petrol
Quad Cam with Dual VVTi EFI
4 Litre (3956cc)
Claimed 203Kw @ 5600RPM
Claimed 380Nm @ 4400RPM

1KD-FTV (modified)
IL4 DOHC Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2982cc)
Claimed 128Kw @ 3400RPM
Claimed 410Nm @ 1600-2800RPM

2TR-FE (modified)
IL4 DOHC Petrol
DOHC 16 valve with VVTi
2.7 Litre (2693cc)
Claimed 120Kw @ 5200RPM
Claimed 246Nm @ 3800RPM

V6 Petrol (ML350)
V6 Petrol
3 Litre (3498cc)
Claimed 200Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 350Nm @ 2400PM

V8 Petrol (ML500)
V8 DOHC Petrol
5.5 Litre (5461cc)
Claimed 285Kw @ xxxxRPM
Claimed 530Nm @ xxxxRPM

V8 Petrol (ML63)
V8 DOHC Petrol
6.2 Litre (6208cc)
Claimed 375Kw @ 6800RPM
Claimed 630Nm @ 5200RPM

Diesel  (ML300 Blue Efficiency)
V6 Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler - Direct Injection
3 Litre (2987cc)
Claimed 140Kw @ 4000RPM
Claimed 440Nm @ 1400RPM

Diesel  (ML350 Blue Efficiency)
V6 Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler - Direct Injection
3 Litre (2987cc)
Claimed 165Kw @ 3800RPM
Claimed 510Nm @ 1600RPM
Weight (Kerb)  
2195 - 2435Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500kg
Towing capacity up to 3500kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 150 litres
IL6 Petrol 11.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
IL4 Diesel 8.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
Up to 132 litres (Premium only)
ML350 Petrol 11.5 litres per 100km
ML500 Petrol 12.9 litres per 100km
ML300 Diesel 8.9 litres per 100km
ML350 Diesel 9.8 litres per 100km 
Other specifications  
5 speed Auto or 6 speed manual
Overall height/Overall width 1845/1890
Overall length/Wheelbase 4930/2790
Track (front/rear) 1585/1585
ANCAP safety rating 4/5
7 speed Auto
Overall height/Overall width 1884/1911
Overall length/Wheelbase 4818/2915
Track (front/rear) 1623/1625
ANCAP safety rating ?/5
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 32
Departure 24-25
Breakover 22
Minimum ground clearance 220mm
Water Fording depth 700mm Max
Performance Performance

Prado performance figures

ML300 0-100kph 9.8secs (Petrol)
ML500 0-100kph 6.9secs
ML63 0-100kph 5.0secs

2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing and specials accessories etc...
2010 $83,500 - 171,500 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing and specials accessories etc...

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