2011 Mercedes-Benz
ML350
vs. 2012 Volvo
XC90 3.2

2012 Volvo XC90 3.2

10.0

starting from

$39,275

Reasons to buy the Volvo XC90 3.2

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Good cargo space
85.1 ft3
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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
8.9"
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More passenger seats
7
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Below average highway fuel efficiency
22 mpg
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350

9.7

starting from

$47,365

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz ML350

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Average power
268 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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Spacious back seats
53.7 ft3
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More airbags
6
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Folding rear seats
Standard
Luxury Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Winner: XC90 3.2
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the XC90 3.2
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Winner: XC90 3.2
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  • The best price we've seen is $8,090 cheaper (around 20% less), $39,275 vs $47,365
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Practicality - vs -
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have more gears, but the ML350 in particular has a wide number
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the XC90 3.2
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the XC90 3.2's satellite radio; in the ML350, too, but it'll cost
Overall 9.7 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

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ML350
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the XC90 3.2

Cost

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ML350
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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MSRP $47,365 vs $39,275 The XC90 3.2 has a reasonable price, while the ML350 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 16 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

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ML350
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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ML350
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The XC90 3.2 has lots of passenger seats and the ML350 is OK, too
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Cargo space 72.4 ft3 vs 85.1 ft3 The XC90 3.2 has lots of cargo room and the ML350 is pretty good
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front seats 56.9 ft3 vs 54.9 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The ML350's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the XC90 3.2
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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ML350
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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0-60 mph 8.0 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.2 s @ 87 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

Safety Features

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ML350
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 6 vs 4 The ML350 has a good number of airbags, but the XC90 3.2 does not (missing Rear Side, Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system mbrace vs None

Performance

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ML350
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Horsepower 268 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 240 HP @ 6,400 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 7 vs 6 Both have more gears, but the ML350 in particular has a wide number
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the XC90 3.2's semi-automatic transmission and the ML350's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.3 lb/hp vs 19.8 lb/hp The ML350 has OK performance while the XC90 3.2 gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.9 ft vs 40.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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ML350
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XC90 3.2
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Number of speakers 8 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the XC90 3.2's satellite radio; in the ML350, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the XC90 3.2

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