2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class vs. Its Competition

2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class RWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The upmarket brands offer compact SUVs with a little more panache than your average Honda CR-V.

Acura, in fact, offers its own version of the Honda CR-V in the RDX, though it has much racier styling, a turbo powerplant, and lots of high-tech goodies.

The new Audi Q5 matches the new GLK in size but has the sleek silhouette of its big brother, the Q7 ute.

BMW's X3 is the granddaddy of this group, and the current version makes up for past sins with a much better ride and improved steering feel.

Land Rover's LR2 has the upright style to match the GLKā€”and true off-road hardware for those so inclined.

2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class RWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class
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2011 Acura RDX AWD 4-door Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View2011 Acura RDX
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2011 Audi Q5 quattro 4-door 3.2L Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View2011 Audi Q5
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2011 BMW X32011 BMW X3
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2011 Land Rover LR2 AWD 4-door HSE Angular Front Exterior View2011 Land Rover LR2
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Quick Specs
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has the rugged look U.S. shoppers want, in a sensibly sized package. We only wish it were a little more fuel-efficient.
The 2011 Acura RDX is delightfully frisky and nimble, but it doesn't feel as lavish as other luxury crossovers.
The 2011 Audi Q5 is one of the best upscale picks in a compact crossover, thanks to its sleek lines, practical interior, responsive feel, and city-savvy size.
BMW finally has a crossover that's as good as its cars. The 2011 BMW X3 looks fantastic; performs like a sport sedan; and has a comfortable, top-notch interior.
The 2011 Land Rover LR2 has the hallmarks of SUV styling, with a much more street-friendly driving feel than other big Rover utes.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Gas I6Gas I6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility
Style Name    
RWD 4-Door GLK 350FWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door 28iAWD 4-Door
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll wheel driveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4dr SUV4 Door Sport UtilitySport Utility
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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