Compare 2012 BMW X3 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class

2012 BMW X3
2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class
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AWD 4-Door 28i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 28i 19 25 $34,130 $37,100
AWD 4-Door 35i 19 26 $39,285 $42,700
RWD 4-Door GLK 350
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,130
$33,368
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,100
$35,880
Monthly Payment Estimate
$618 / month
$598 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
A great-looking crossover with its most carlike performance yet, the BMW X3 also has more interior room and better materials than before. Rugged looks and lower gas mileage put the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class in an SUV state of mind, but its ride and handling are more carlike than you'd think.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.1 39.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 55.4
Front Leg Room (in)
39.9 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.2
Second Leg Room (in)
39.1 35.1
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 39.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.1 - TBD -
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.3 55.2
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
65.4 66.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.3 62.5
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 108.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.1 79.4
Track Width, Front (in)
63.6 61.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
183.0 178.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
19.4 23.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
56.5 54.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 0.8 11.8 x 0.9
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.9 x 1.1 13.0 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.7 17.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 37.7
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.8 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/55R17 P235/50R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/55R17 P235/50R19
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
794 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5291 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4112 3979
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 19 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 19 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 8.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
210 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
221 @ 2750-4000 258 @ 2400-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
258 @ 6600 268 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 22
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.29 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.66 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.72 3.67
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.73
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.10 1.92
Trans Type
8 7
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
BMW X3 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Five-Link Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Agility Control
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Joint Strut Independent 3-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Agility Control
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7 10.4
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 3

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