We did a side by side comparison of the 2015 BMW X3 xDrive35i and the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4MATIC, and the results were very promising indeed.
While the premise for both vehicles is very similar, a few key differences in build and engineering deliver a decisive advantage for the BMW X3.
Mercedes and BMW each set out to build a medium sized, premium SUV offering ruggedness, utility, performance, style, and luxurious comfort. The similarities continue at the wheels, as both the GLK and the X3 are driven by 4MATIC and xDrive, each manufacturer's respective full-time all-wheel drive system.
Moving to the engine bay, both the GLK and the X3 start with a DOHC, 24-valve, 6 cylinder engine. The Mercedes uses a 3.5 litre V6 while the BMW goes for a smaller displacement, turbocharged, 3.0 litre inline six-cylinder engine. Here's where the BMW starts to pull away, and we mean literally. Total horsepower is close to even with 302 in the Mercedes GLK350 and 300 in BMW X3 xDrive35i. However, BMW's latest generation of efficient, high-torque powerplants means that this X3 puts out a full 300 ft lbs. of torque to the GLK's 273. The X3 also reaches full torque very early, at an incredible 1,300 rpm. This power is put through BMW's breakthrough 8 speed automatic transmission vs 7 speed in the Mercedes. The X3 is also 90kg lighter than the Mercedes-Benz GLK, and all of these factors come together to make the X3 a full second faster to 60 mph than the GLK.
These aren't just stop light drag race numbers either. This extra power means more of the hill-climbing, mountain road navigating, bad weather all-wheel drive ability that BC residents need and love. The Through Loading System fits all your skis and snowboards and comes standard.
Besides performance, there are several options on the 2015 GLK that come standard on the 2015 X3: alloy wheels, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and an extra 100L of trunk space. And one of the best features of all: everything written above in the 2015 X3 xDrive35i is available for $2,820 less than the 2015 GLK350.
Take a look at the X3 and GLK side by side, and then book a test drive at Brian Jessel BMW, and put all this theory into practice.