2011 Mercedes-Benz
GLK350
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
ML350

2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350

9.9

starting from

$47,365

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz ML350

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Average cargo space
72.4 ft3
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Good range in the city
402 miles
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Moon roof
Standard
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350

9.6

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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Average highway fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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Quite expensive
$36,375
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Sporty performance
15.0 lb/hp
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Fast 0-60 time
7.0 seconds
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Winner: ML350
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the ML350's standard sun roof
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Winner: GLK350
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  • The best price we've seen is $10,990 cheaper (more than 20% less), $36,375 vs $47,365
Performance 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Winner: ML350
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  • The ML350 comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the GLK350
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
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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  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the GLK350
  • Both have speed-sensitive volume
  • Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
Overall 9.9 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

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ML350
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GLK350
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the ML350'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 Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Cost

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ML350
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MSRP $47,365 vs $36,375 The GLK350 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

Performance

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ML350
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Horsepower 268 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,000 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 7 vs 7 Plenty of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the GLK350'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 Not Available The ML350 comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the GLK350
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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 15.0 lb/hp The GLK350 is a sporty car, while the ML350 is just average
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The GLK350 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.9 ft vs 37.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

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ML350
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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 6 vs 6 Both have good airbag coverage
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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 mbrace

Crash Test Ratings

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ML350
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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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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 72.4 ft3 vs 54.7 ft3 The ML350 has OK cargo room, while the GLK350 has very little
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front seats 56.9 ft3 vs 51.6 ft3 The ML350 has average-sized front seats, while the GLK350 is very cramped
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Base payload capacity Unknown 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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ML350
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Number of speakers 8 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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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 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 Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the GLK350

Road Tests

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ML350
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0-60 mph 8.0 seconds vs 7.0 seconds The GLK350 has a good 0-60 time, but the ML350 is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 131 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.2 s @ 87 mph vs 15.4 s @ 92 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.76 g
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Top speed 130 mph vs 143 mph The GLK350 can hit high speeds, but the ML350 cannot

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