Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 BMW X1 VS 2013 Mercedes GLK-Class Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 BMW X1

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2013 Mercedes GLK-Class

Safety Comparison

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X1’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The GLK-Class doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the X1 and the GLK-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

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The X1’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the GLK-Class’ (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLK-Class.

There are over 12 percent more BMW dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

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The X1 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 273) than the GLK-Class’ 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the GLK350:

X1

GLK-Class

2WD

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/33 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

V6

4WD

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/30 hwy

19 city/24 hwy

V6

Turbo 6 cyl./Auto

18 city/27 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLK-Class doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The X1’s optional 225/35R19 front and 255/30R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GLK-Class’ optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The GLK-Class doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The X1 xDrive28i xDrive handles at .81 G’s, while the GLK350 4MATIC pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the GLK350 4MATIC (27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 450 pounds less than the Mercedes GLK-Class.

Passenger Space Comparison

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s rear seats recline. The GLK-Class’ rear seats don’t recline.

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