2011 BMW
X3 xDrive28i
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
GLK350

2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i

10.0

starting from

$37,625
"The X3 looks fresh in its new duds...understated good looks"
caranddriver.com | talking about the X3's external styling
"The cabin is much nicer than before, although it is bereft of its own personality"
caranddriver.com | talking about the X3's interior quality

Reasons to buy the BMW X3 xDrive28i

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Average highway fuel efficiency
25 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
19 mpg
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Average range in the city
336 miles
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Average range on the highway
443 miles
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350

9.6

starting from

$38,375
"A world standard once again."
edmunds.com | talking about the GLK-Class's interior quality
"Rock-solid structure."
edmunds.com | talking about the GLK-Class's build-quality

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz GLK350

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Limited cargo space
54.7 ft3
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Power outlets
Standard
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Average power
268 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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Power mirrors
Standard
Road Tests 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • The X3 xDrive28i can change direction more than 10% faster, 0.84 g vs 0.76 g
  • Almost the same, 150 mph vs 143 mph
  • Almost the same, 6.7 seconds vs 7.0 seconds
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg vs 16 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Plenty of gears
  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
  • Both have very limited cargo room
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
Overall 10.0 vs 9.6

Road Tests

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X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Mercedes-Benz
GLK350
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0-60 mph 6.7 seconds vs 7.0 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 129 ft vs 131 ft The X3 xDrive28i has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the GLK350 is just OK
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 15.4 s @ 92 mph
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Lateral acceleration 0.84 g vs 0.76 g The X3 xDrive28i has phenomenal cornering abilities, but the GLK350 is just OK
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Top speed 150 mph vs 143 mph The X3 xDrive28i can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, and the GLK350 is pretty good, too

Cost

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Mercedes-Benz
GLK350
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MSRP $37,625 vs $38,375 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 16 mpg The X3 xDrive28i has OK city mileage, while the GLK350 is very inefficient
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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

Luxury Features

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X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Mercedes-Benz
GLK350
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Crash Test Ratings

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Mercedes-Benz
GLK350
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Mercedes-Benz
GLK350
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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 4 vs 6 The GLK350 has a good number of airbags, but the X3 xDrive28i does not (missing Knee, Side)
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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 BMW Assist vs mbrace

Performance

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X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Mercedes-Benz
GLK350
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Horsepower 240 HP @ 6,600 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,000 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 8 vs 7 Plenty of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available 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 17.1 lb/hp vs 15.2 lb/hp The GLK350 is a sporty car, while the X3 xDrive28i is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.0 ft vs 37.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Mercedes-Benz
GLK350
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 27.6 ft3 vs 54.7 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 53.8 ft3 vs 51.6 ft3 The X3 xDrive28i has average-sized front seats, while the GLK350 is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 904 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The GLK350's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the X3 xDrive28i
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Mercedes-Benz
GLK350
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Number of speakers 12 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the GLK350; but it's not available at all on the X3 xDrive28i

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i X3 xDrive28i vs X5 xDrive35i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE X3 xDrive28i vs Tiguan SE
2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 X3 xDrive35i vs ML350
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 GLK350 vs ML350
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL450 GLK350 vs GL450
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 2012 Volvo XC60 T6 GLK350 vs XC60 T6
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 2012 BMW X5 M GLK350 vs X5 M
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 2011 Honda CR-V EX-L GLK350 vs CR-V EX-L

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