Compare 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class vs 2012 BMW X3

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

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