Compare 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class vs 2013 BMW X3

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class
2013 BMW X3
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RWD 4-Door GLK 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door GLK 350 19 25 $34,494 $37,090
4MATIC 4-Door GLK 250 BlueTEC 24 33 $35,703 $38,390
4MATIC 4-Door GLK 350 19 24 $36,354 $39,090
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AWD 4-Door xDrive28i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door xDrive28i 21 28 $35,740 $38,850
AWD 4-Door xDrive35i 19 26 $40,435 $43,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,494
$35,740
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,090
$38,850
Monthly Payment Estimate
$618 / month
$648 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
It looks more like an authentically rugged SUV, but the improved 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK has carlike road manners and now, better fuel economy with both its gas V-6 and its new turbodiesel four. The BMW X3 is a great-looking crossover, with a spacious, versatile, and classy interior; and with the introduction of a new base turbo four for 2013 in the xDrive28i, it gets better mileage with no compromise in performance.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
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
Front Hip Room (in)
53.2 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 39.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.02 40.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.9 90.1
Second Hip Room (in)
52.5 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.2 57.3
Exterior Dimensions
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 -
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)
74.25 74.1
Track Width, Front (in)
60.1 63.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
35.04 - 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)
65.91 - TBD -
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.4 17.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 17.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 39.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/50R19 P245/50R18
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/50R19 P245/50R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
525 794
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5291
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4012 4112
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 210
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
302 @ 6500 240 @ 5000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
273 @ 3500-5250 260 @ 1250-4800
Engine Order Code
NA N20
Displacement
3.5L/213 2.0L/- TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 28
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.00
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.30
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift 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 0.84
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 2.11
Trans Type
7 8
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class BMW X3
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Five-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
N/A - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double-Joint Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7 6.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 4 (2012)

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