2011 Mercedes-Benz
GLK350
vs. 2012 BMW
X5 M

2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350

9.5

starting from

$36,375
"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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Quite expensive
$36,375
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Power outlets
Standard
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Average highway fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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Below average city fuel efficiency
16 mpg
2012 BMW X5 M

9.2

Runner-up

BMW X5 M

starting from

$87,275
"The eight-speed automatic produces the sort of smooth shifts and quick responses you'd expect"
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's transmission
"The X5 has always put a premium on its handling, however, and for 2011 that doesn't change."
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's handling

Reasons to buy the BMW X5 M

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Quite powerful
555 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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Average cargo space
75.2 ft3
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Paddle shifters
Standard
Cost 7.6 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Winner: GLK350
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  • The best price we've seen is $50,900 cheaper (2.4x less), $36,375 vs $87,275
  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 16 mpg vs 12 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2012 BMW X5 M Winner: X5 M
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the X5 M's standard sun roof
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the X5 M
Safety Features 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Winner: GLK350
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  • The GLK350 has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Performance 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 BMW X5 M Winner: X5 M
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  • The X5 M comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the GLK350
  • More than 2x more powerful, 555 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,000 RPM
  • The X5 M's Twin turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Twin turbocharger vs None
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality - vs -
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  • The X5 M's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the GLK350
  • Limited number of cupholders
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the X5 M's satellite radio; in the GLK350, too, but it'll cost
  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • The X5 M has lightning fast acceleration, and the GLK350 isn't bad, either
  • The X5 M can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, and the GLK350 is pretty good, too
Overall 9.2 vs 9.5

Cost

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X5 M
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MSRP $87,275 vs $36,375 The GLK350 has a reasonable price, while the X5 M is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 12 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

Luxury Features

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X5 M
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GLK350
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the X5 M's standard 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 Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the X5 M

Safety Features

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X5 M
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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 Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The GLK350 has a good number of airbags, but the X5 M is just OK (missing Knee)
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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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X5 M
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Horsepower 555 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,000 RPM The X5 M is very powerful, while the GLK350 is only of average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 Both have more gears, but the GLK350 in particular has a wide number
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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 Standard vs Not Available The X5 M comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the GLK350
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Air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None The X5 M's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 9.7 lb/hp vs 15.0 lb/hp Both cars are sporty, but the X5 M in particular is a responsive car
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 42.0 ft vs 37.7 ft The GLK350 is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the X5 M is quite bad

Crash Test Ratings

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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

Practicality

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X5 M
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GLK350
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 75.2 ft3 vs 54.7 ft3 The X5 M has OK cargo room, while the GLK350 has very little
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front seats Unknown vs 51.6 ft3
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Base payload capacity 1102 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 X5 M
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The X5 M's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the GLK350
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 Limited number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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X5 M
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Number of speakers 16 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The GLK350's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the X5 M does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the X5 M's satellite radio; in the GLK350, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Road Tests

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X5 M
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GLK350
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0-60 mph 4.5 seconds vs 7.0 seconds The X5 M has lightning fast acceleration, and the GLK350 isn't bad, either
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 131 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 15.4 s @ 92 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.76 g
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Top speed 155 mph vs 143 mph The X5 M can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, and the GLK350 is pretty good, too

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