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Features Comparison: BMW X3 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

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Model Year 2014 2014 2014 2014
Model X3 X3 GLK-Class GLK-Class
Trim xDrive28i xDrive35i GLK250 GLK350
Engines (show)  
turbocharged
2.0L I4
DOHC-4v
240 hp@5000
260 lb-ft@1250
     
turbocharged
3.0L I6
DOHC-4v
300 hp@5800
300 lb-ft@1300
     
turbocharged
2.1L I4 Diesel
DOHC-4v
200 hp@3800
369 lb-ft@1600
     
3.5L V6
DOHC-4v
302 hp@6500
273 lb-ft@3500
     
Transmissions (show)  
8-speed manually-shiftable automatic    
7-speed manually-shiftable automatic    
Drivetrains (show)  
AWD
RWD      
Tires (show)  
245/50WR18 tires    
245/45WR19 tires    
235/50HR19 tires    
235/45WR20 tires    
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 205W, 12 speakers (with subwoofer)    
Unbranded, 600W, 16 speakers (with subwoofer)    
Unbranded, 6 speakers    
Harman/Kardon, 510W, 12 speakers (with subwoofer)    
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.    
Adaptive cruise control, all-speedAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Can bring vehicle to a complete stop then accelerate back up to set speed. Replaces regular adaptive cruise control, and includes its value.    
Cruise control    
Heated steering wheel
Parking guidance system - activeParks the vehicle with minimal input from the driver.    
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power liftgateLiftgate can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.
Regenerative brakingSmart alternator recharges battery only while braking, to improve fuel economy.    
Remote appCheck on car and remotely control various functions (locks, lights, HVAC) from a telephone or computer.
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote window/roof operationOperate the power windows, sunroof, and/or convertible roof using buttons on the keyfob.
Special order chargeOne-time charge for special order options    
Sunshades, second rowGreatly reduce the amount of sunlight entering the rear side windows. Retract into rear doors.    
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual    
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power    
Tool kit    
Universal garage door openerHomelink.
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Around view camerasSmall external cameras provide a top-down view all around the vehicle, to reduce blind spots while parking.
Automatic braking, high-speedIf collision detection system senses imminent collision, applies moderate braking.    
Blind spot interventionSelectively applies the brakes to guide vehicle back into the original lane when detects that a lane change will cause a collision with a vehicle in the blind spot.    
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.    
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Driver drowsiness monitorWarns when driver is drowsy and needs to pull over.    
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.
Hill descent controlSelectively applies the brakes to maintain a slow, steady descent on off-road downhill slopes.    
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.    
Knee airbag, driver    
Lane departure prevention systemBrakes or steering lightly applied to help prevent the vehicle from inadvertently traveling out of its intended lane.    
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.
Obstacle detection, frontBeeps signal distance to object in front of vehicle. Parking aid.
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.    
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.    
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire    
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Tires, run-flatCan be driven deflated for about 50 miles. Usually harm ride quality. Cars with these often have no spare tire.    
Torque vectoring / active trace controlUses the brakes to channel torque to the outside wheels and counteract understeer. Similar to stability control, but proactive, and acting to improve cornering performance rather than prevent loss of control.    
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Trailer sway controlAutomatically applies a front brake to counteract sway induced by a trailer.    
Cargo Management (show)  
Aluminum roof railsNo crossbars.    
Cargo area rails w/tie downs    
Cargo cover
Cargo mat    
Class II trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 3,500 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.    
Console with shifter
Roof railsNo crossbars.    
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic air recirculationAutomatically recirculates interior air when pollution is detected in outside air.
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD changer, in-dashIncludes CD player.    
CD player    
Concierge Services - 3 year subscriptionTypically can help with hotel and restaurant reservations.    
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.    
DVD-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing DVDs on a front-row screen. Inoperative when the vehicle is moving. No value because of incomplete data.    
Entertainment system with dual headrest screensA DVD player and two front headrest-mounted screens.    
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.
Heated windshield washer nozzles
In-vehicle InternetConnects car to the Internet to update systems, download information, and/or browse. Includes internal modem, usually requires car-specific broadband service with monthly fee.    
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
Intermittent wipers        
iPod integrationIntegrates an iPod with the vehicle's controls and speakers. Usually included if there is a USB port, but can also rely on a proprietary port.    
Media drive, largeDrive with over 10 GB of storage for MP3 and other audio files.
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.
Rain-sensing wipersWipers automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on input from a rain sensor.
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.    
Rear air vents with manual controlsFan speed and/or temperature can be manually set for vents in the center console, B-pillars, and/or ceiling. Includes value of rear vents.    
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear wiper
Residual heatProvides heat for an extended period of time after the engine has been cut off.    
S Voice supportAccess S Voice features of a Samsung Galaxy phone (III and up) using the car's voice controls.    
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.    
Satellite radio - one year subscriptionXM or Sirius with one-year subscription.    
SD Card slotSD, CF, PCMCIA, or other digital media reader.    
Siri Eyes Free supportActivate Siri using button on steering wheel. Make calls, hear and dictate texts and email, manage calendar, turn-by-turn nav. Requires iPhone 4S or higher.    
Smartphone integration    
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.    
Surround sound
Telematics service, such as OnStarIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system. For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.    
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigationIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system plus turn-by-turn navigation (no map display). For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.    
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.    
Traffic informationInformation about traffic conditions. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.    
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Voice control for external devicesGenerally works for some devices but not others.
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.
Weatherband radioIncludes frequencies for weather channels. Only listed when pricing a single model because incomplete data for all model.    
Exterior (show)  
Additional chrome trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.
Bodyside claddingProtective cladding extending partly onto the doors.    
Bodyside cladding (gray/black)Protective cladding extending partly onto the doors.        
Bodyside moldingsMoldings on the bodysides, to protect against door dings in parking lots.    
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.    
Deep-tinted rear windows
Metallic paint (extra cost)
Paint, special white    
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.
Rear bumper protector    
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.
Running boards    
Special exterior trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.
Wheel-lip moldingsExtensions to the wheel opening, both decorative and protective.    
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming driver-side mirrorDriver-side exterior mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.
Auto-dimming headlightsHigh beams automatically turned on and off.
Auto-dimming passenger-side mirrorPassenger-side rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.    
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.    
Fog light, rearMake it easier for following vehicles to see the vehicle in fog.    
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.    
Head-up display (HUD)Projects various instrument readouts onto the windshield. Image actually appears to be floating over the nose of the car. Enables driver to keep eyes on the road.    
Headlight washers
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Interior ambient lightingLEDs in the ceiling or door panels cast a soft glow over the interior.
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Mirror tilt-down in reverseOne or both exterior mirrors tilt down when the transmission is in reverse, to provide view of the curb.
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Power-folding mirrorsMirrors fold and unfold with the touch of a button inside the vehicle. Good for narrow roads and parking lots.    
Rear reading lights
Speed limit informationDisplays the current speed limit. Included with nav on an increasing number of cars. No feature value here because incomplete info on availability.    
Steering-linked headlightsHeadlights swivel when steering wheel is turned.
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.
Powertrain (show)  
Automatic start / stopAutomatically cuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped and restarts it when the driver lifts off the brake pedal. Not listed for hybrids, where it is generally part of the powertrain system.
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.    
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets    
Front sport buckets    
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench    
Second-row 3-section 3-person split bench    
Aluminum trimReal aluminum trim on instrument panel, door panels, and/or center console. Deleted by wood trim even if they appear together.    
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Dark-colored headliner (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.    
Door sill trim plates        
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats
Heated second row seats    
Illuminated door sill trim plates    
Leather door panel trim    
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Manual lumbar adjuster, passenger seatManually adjustable lower back support.        
Manual thigh support adjuster, driver seatManually adjustable cushion length; provides better support for long legs.    
Manual thigh support adjuster, passenger seatManually adjustable cushion length; provides better support for long legs.    
Memory system, driver seat
Memory system, passenger seat    
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat
Power headrest height adjuster, driver seat    
Power headrest height adjuster, passenger seat    
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, passenger seat
Power recliner, driver seat
Power recliner, passenger seat
Power seatback bolsters, driverPower adjustable bolsters on the seatback, to provide lateral support in hard turns.    
Power seatback bolsters, passenger seatPower adjustable bolsters on the seatback, to provide lateral support in hard turns.    
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.
Synthetic leather seating surfacesA.k.a vinyl, leatherette, MB-Tex, NuLuxe.
Wood trimReal wood trim on instrument panel, door panels, and/or center console.    
Wood trim, alternative typeReal wood trim on instrument panel, door panels, and/or center console.    
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Adaptive dampers - electricalShocks that electrically adjust their firmness based on sensor readings of the road surface. The driver might also be able to select a \"sport\" setting.    
Adaptive dampers - mechanicalShocks mechanically adjust firmness based on direct road inputs. Not driver adjustable.    
Alloy wheels
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.    
Power steering coolerOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.    
Variable steering ratio (optional)Steering ratio gets quicker the farther the wheel is turned.    
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.    

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Option Package Contents

M Sport Package

Features
Manual thigh support adjuster, passenger seat
Power seatback bolsters, passenger seat
Bodyside cladding
Special exterior trim
Dark-colored headliner (optional)
Manual thigh support adjuster, driver seat
Power seatback bolsters, driver
Front sport buckets
245/45WR19 tires

Cold Weather Package

Features
Headlight washers
Heated second row seats
Heated steering wheel

Premium Package

Features
Proximity key
Satellite radio - one year subscription
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seat
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seat

Driver Assistance Plus

Features
Lane departure warning system
Forward collision alert
Speed limit information

Driver Assistance Package

Features
Obstacle detection, front

Dynamic Handling Package

Features
Adaptive dampers - electrical
Torque vectoring / active trace control
Variable steering ratio (optional)

Navigation system

Features
Media drive, large
Smartphone integration
App support
Siri Eyes Free support
S Voice support
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information

X-Line Exterior Trim Package

Features
Additional chrome trim

Technology Package

Features
Head-up display (HUD)

Cold Weather Package

Features
Headlight washers
Heated second row seats
Heated steering wheel

Premium Package

Features
Proximity key
Satellite radio - one year subscription
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seat
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seat

Driver Assistance Plus

Features
Lane departure warning system
Forward collision alert
Speed limit information

Driver Assistance Package

Features
Obstacle detection, front

Dynamic Handling Package

Features
Adaptive dampers - electrical
Torque vectoring / active trace control
Variable steering ratio (optional)

Navigation system

Features
Media drive, large
Smartphone integration
App support
Siri Eyes Free support
S Voice support
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information

X-Line Exterior Trim Package

Features
Additional chrome trim

M Sport Package

Features
Manual thigh support adjuster, passenger seat
Power seatback bolsters, passenger seat
Bodyside cladding
Special exterior trim
Dark-colored headliner (optional)
Manual thigh support adjuster, driver seat
Power seatback bolsters, driver
Front sport buckets
245/45WR19 tires

Technology Package

Features
Head-up display (HUD)

Appearance Package

Features
Aluminum roof rails
235/45WR20 tires

Premium 1 Package

Features
Power liftgate
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror
Compass
AC power outlet
Panoramic sunroof
Mirror tilt-down in reverse
Universal garage door opener
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Rain-sensing wipers

Driver Assistance Package

Features
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed
Blind spot warning system
Lane departure prevention system
Automatic braking, high-speed
Forward collision alert
Blind spot intervention

Parking Assistance Package

Features
Obstacle detection, front
Parking guidance system - active

Multimedia Package

Features
CD changer, in-dash
DVD-compatible player
Media drive, large
Traffic + travel information
SD Card slot
In-vehicle Internet
App support

Becker Map Pilot

Features
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information

Multimedia Package

Features
Voice control for external devices

Sport Package

Features
Special exterior trim

Lighting Package

Features
Auto-dimming headlights
Steering-linked headlights
Xenon HID headlights
Headlight washers

Leather Package

Features
Memory system, passenger seat
Leather door panel trim
Leather seating surfaces
Power headrest height adjuster, passenger seat
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seat

Appearance Package

Features
Aluminum roof rails
235/45WR20 tires

Premium 1 Package

Features
Power liftgate
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror
Compass
AC power outlet
Panoramic sunroof
Mirror tilt-down in reverse
Universal garage door opener
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Rain-sensing wipers

Driver Assistance Package

Features
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed
Blind spot warning system
Lane departure prevention system
Automatic braking, high-speed
Forward collision alert
Blind spot intervention

Parking Assistance Package

Features
Obstacle detection, front
Parking guidance system - active

Multimedia Package

Features
CD changer, in-dash
DVD-compatible player
Media drive, large
Traffic + travel information
SD Card slot
In-vehicle Internet
App support

Becker Map Pilot

Features
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information

Multimedia Package

Features
Voice control for external devices

Sport Package

Features
Special exterior trim

Lighting Package

Features
Auto-dimming headlights
Steering-linked headlights
Xenon HID headlights
Headlight washers

Leather Package

Features
Memory system, passenger seat
Leather door panel trim
Leather seating surfaces
Power headrest height adjuster, passenger seat
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seat

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2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Available Features: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV turbocharged 168hp 2.1L I4 Diesel
7-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Like all MB products, if you want options, you will have to pay. Some other companies have freebies (rear view camera etc), but the standard build is not as good so it's a consumer choice. Free bells and whistles or superiour build. I did like getting the Premium Package without the sunroof. Didn't want it ... didn't have to pay for it :)