2011 Mercedes-Benz
GLK350
vs. 2012 BMW
X5 xDrive35i

2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350

10.0

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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More airbags
6
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Comparable turning radius
37.7 ft
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Has speed-sensitive volume
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i

9.7

Runner-up

BMW X5 xDrive35i

starting from

$48,075
"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 xDrive35i

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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
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Quite powerful
300 HP @ 5,800 RPM
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
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Winner: GLK350
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  • The best price we've seen is $11,700 cheaper (more than 20% less), $36,375 vs $48,075
Performance 9.9 vs 10.0
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  • Plenty of gears
  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality - vs -
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
  • Limited number of cupholders
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • The X5 xDrive35i's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the GLK350 is pretty good, too
  • The X5 xDrive35i has lightning fast acceleration, and the GLK350 isn't bad, either
Overall 9.7 vs 10.0

Safety Features

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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 xDrive35i 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

Cost

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X5 xDrive35i
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MSRP $48,075 vs $36,375 The GLK350 has a reasonable price, while the X5 xDrive35i 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

Performance

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Horsepower 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,000 RPM The X5 xDrive35i is fairly powerful, but the GLK350 is not far behind
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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 Standard vs Not Available The X5 xDrive35i 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 xDrive35i's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.5 lb/hp vs 15.0 lb/hp The GLK350 is a sporty car, while the X5 xDrive35i is just average
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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 xDrive35i is quite bad

Luxury Features

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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

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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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Passengers 7 vs 5 The X5 xDrive35i has lots of passenger seats and the GLK350 is OK, too
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Cargo space 75.2 ft3 vs 54.7 ft3 The X5 xDrive35i 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 1290 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 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 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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Number of speakers 10 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 xDrive35i does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the GLK350, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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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 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 X5 xDrive35i

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 6.4 seconds vs 7.0 seconds The X5 xDrive35i has lightning fast acceleration, and the GLK350 isn't bad, either
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Braking distance at 60mph 130 ft vs 131 ft The X5 xDrive35i has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the GLK350 is just OK
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1/4 mile 14.7 s @ 92 mph vs 15.4 s @ 92 mph The X5 xDrive35i's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the GLK350 is pretty good, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.76 g The X5 xDrive35i has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average GLK350
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Top speed Unknown vs 143 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 X5 xDrive35i vs ML350
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i X5 xDrive35i vs X3 xDrive28i

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