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Compared: Audi Q5 Vs. BMW X3 Vs. Mercedes-Benz GLK Page 4

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2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK

2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK

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2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK

The basics: 3.5-liter V-6 with 268 horsepower; seven-speed automatic; all-wheel drive available

Price: $34,900

Fuel economy: 16/22 mpg

Rating: 8.2 out of 10

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK sport-ute bears a strong resemblance to the larger GL-Class, and that is a good thing--for the most part. Our editors like the upright styling, but it simply looks less upscale than the curvy Audi Q5 or the Volvo XC60. The GLK's smooth ride quality, carlike acceleration and grip defy its SUV shape, but the roomy cabin and cargo area confirm its utility even before you load it with people and stuff.

Like other SUVs in this class, the GLK's steering can feel light for a vehicle of its size and height. It's pricey, for sure, not compared to the other Germans but to economy-brand sport-utes in the same size class. Of all these vehicles, only the GLK is offered in rear-drive form, which cuts the price but could also affect resale value, depending on your geography and weather. And even with an extra gear in the transmission, the GLK gets the worst fuel economy in this select group.

Our Bottom Line? The smaller, nimbler 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK sport-ute has come to America at just the right time for Mercedes; where's our diesel version?


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Comments (11)
  1. Q5 definitely wins this, and I'm a big BMW fan. I could never get over the X3's minivan and too high queues. The Q5 would be a no brainer if it were fuel efficient, where's my diesel, slowpokes?
    That said, the Chevy Equinox (and planned GMC equivalent), seem to nail this segment pretty well. You'd do well to eventually put it on the same page as these big boys just to see what would happen. At the minimum, you could claim patriotism ;)
     
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  2. Posted this in the wrong forum under the 3-Series. Posting here for the pleasure of people who DID NOT buy the X3 or any BMW this year. Hooray for you guys.
    ===> I feel like a complete idiot. Just got into a brand new 2009 X3. What a disaster. The jerky transmission is one thing (latest s/w fix btw) and may bloom into a bigger and more dangerous disaster in the future but the ride of the BMW X3 is unacceptable.
    It rolls, sways, rocks, undulates...whatever you want to call it until it creates nausea. This is a first for a car I believe...drive it without seasickness pills and you will consider upchucking your lunch.
    After sitting in the shop, the upshot is: it is NORMAL. NORMAL? This is what BMW calls NORMAL?
    A car that is so unstable that is actually launches things into the ceiling because it cannot keep it together on a paved road? NORMAL?
    So, the car loses 20% of its 'value' in 1 month and I feel like an idiot for believing that BMW can still make a great car.
    After decades of BMW ownership, this **** car is the limit of endurance. I will never buy another BMW again but I will share my nightmare with as many people as I can.
     
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  3. Drive the Mercedes first, guys, then write reviews...
     
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  4. Agree with Mike, you need to drive the GLK 350 first before poting out reviews. I seriously thought that this was going to be an indepth review as i was surfing through the pages.. guess i was wrong.
     
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  5. Marty, I doubt that you are much of an "expert" after reading your review. You're just incapable of presenting your point with arguments, and you're embarrassing yourself. Like other people said, drive it first, boy, the write! Or just go to Mc Donald's to sell cheeseburgers! :(
     
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  6. The Audi Q5 tames down BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK as far as looks are concerned.
     
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  7. I did test drive GLK and 2011 X3, and I owned RDX for 3 years. Audi Q5 is clearly winner because of its handling and performance, and gas milage (guess you don't care because it's a 40k+ car). I bought the Q5 and so far very satisfied, milage is incredible for the T2.0, full tank gets you 450 miles on highway. And the power is indeed sufficient, torque is way bigger than the X3. GLK is the weakest among the 3, underpowered, and much smaller inside.
     
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  8. I did test drive GLK and 2011 X3, and I owned RDX for 3 years. Audi Q5 is clearly winner because of its handling and performance, and gas milage (guess you don't care because it's a 40k+ car). I bought the Q5 and so far very satisfied, milage is incredible for the T2.0, full tank gets you 450 miles on highway. And the power is indeed sufficient, torque is way bigger than the X3. GLK is the weakest among the 3, underpowered, and much smaller inside.
     
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  9. I purchased 2011 BMW X3 in March. It has been one headache after the next, computer problems, key problems. But, the most irritating is the drive, salesman holds fast that there is nothing wrong..however the acceleration lags, jumps, skips. I don't dare pull into traffic hard on pedal because it does not jump, rather engine roars then huge jump.
    Anyone out there hear of similar problems with 2011 X3 BMW?
     
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  10. My wife has BMW X 3 WORSE CAR FOR THE MONEY OF ANY CAR SOLD . THEY ARENT MADE OF GOLD ! WE PAID CASH AND WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER LOW END CAR AGAIN . LOOK CUTE BUT ROUGH RIDE AND NO AMENITIES AT ALL LEXUS RX WAY BETTER AND GLK BETTER Q5 IS WAY OUT FRONT BELIEVE ME TRY THE 2.0 IT WILL SUCK THE DOORS OFF THE X3 AND THEN SOME !!!!
     
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  11. My husband fed up with the problems and has spoken with Regional, chicago area, to come pick up the car. I'm convinced I have a lemon, passenger window going up and down at will, remote key flashes on dash "engine won't start", while engine running, then car won't start different day, while gear in reverse with foot on brake pedal car still wants to move. However, dealer offering 35K in return. I will write later tell you what engineer says about this vehicle.
     
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