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2011 Car Comparison: Audi Q5 vs BMW X3 vs GLK350

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The Competition

In this compact comparison we compare the 2011 Q5, 2011 BMW X3. and 2011 Mercedes-Benz Demand for compact crossover in general is strong, with models such as these deeper-pocket buyers attracted to higher performance, technological and cachet. This 2011 Q5, 2011 BMW X3, and 2011 Mercedes-Benz comparison picks a winner on price, features, and performance.

The Audi Q5, 2011 BMW X3, and 2011 GLK350 carry similar prices, though as we’ll there are notable differences the three in what you get for the money. The Q5 has a base price of $36,075, the BMW X3 at $37,625, and the Mercedes-Benz GLK350 is from at $36,375. (Base in this comparison review the manufacturer’s delivery fee, in the case of all three models is

The Audi Q5 debuted for model-year as a smaller and more nimble to Audi’s larger Q7. For model-year the Q5 adds an alternative to its carried-over V-6 in the of a perky and more efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The original BMW X3 the premium compact-crossover category in 2004 and was redesigned for 2011. is similar, but the redesigned 2011 X3 is larger inside and out, has performance and technology, and a lower The GLK350 arrived for model-year and for 2011 gets an optional AMG Package for a slightly racier

Also new is Mercedes’ mbrace that lets owners do things as locate the vehicle and or unlock the doors via their phones.

The Similarities

The 2011 Q5, 2011 BMW X3, and 2011 Mercedes-Benz are compact crossover SUVs unibody construction. Unibody combines the frame and body a single unit. Virtually all SUVs are built this way – what makes them Old-school SUVs — in number and characterized by the Chevrolet — employ pickup separate body-and-frame construction.

don’t have the trailer-pulling of body-on-frame SUVs, but their unibody design delivers appreciated by most mainstream a lower ride height, ride and handling, and better economy.

All are three of these are similar in size and have that echoes that of showroom siblings, the Audi Q7, BMW X5, and GL-Class. Each is fitted five safety belts, but as models, they realistically only four adults in Each is tuned to provide ride and handling, by SUV standards,

They do succeed in maintaining ride quality without harshness over all but the roughest surfaces.

All three come with smooth-shifting automatic that include manual-shift The GLK350 has a seven-speed automatic. All BMW X3s an eight-speed automatic.


The Audi Q5 an eight-speed automatic with its four-cylinder engine and a six-speed the V-6. Having more typically results in smoother better fuel-efficiency, though be hard-pressed to discern much in transmission performance among all of these well-engineered premium There are fuel-economy differences below), though they may not be due to the number of gear ratios in transmission.

Each offers sophisticated (AWD) systems engineered not for off-roading but for on-road driving They provided fine on wet or snowy pavement. And they cornering ability on dry pavement by power between the front and tires to achieve – in varying — a sporty rear-wheel-drive

AWD is standard on all versions of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. is the standard configuration for the Mercedes-Benz with the automaker’s 4Matic drive optional.

All three with an impressive assortment of Standard convenience items power front seats, rear seats, dual-zone air conditioning, CD audio, and assorted cup and storage bins. Available include GPS navigation systems, backup cameras, heated seats, keyless push-button systems, power moonroofs, and multimedia-control systems.

For safety and of mind, each has four-wheel-disc brakes for sure stopping antiskid stability control to prevent fishtailing in extreme situations, and front, front-side and airbags. Each comes a 4-year/50,000-mile comprehensive (bumper-to-bumper) and warranty. BMW and Audi, however, their basic warranties free maintenance that a specified number of service oil changes, and no-charge replacement of ware items, such as blades.

The X3 includes 4 years/50,000 of free maintenance, the Q5 12 months/5,000 of

The Differences

All three provide V-6 of comparable power, but only the Audi Q5 is available with the of a four-cylinder. The 2011 Q5 2.0T model’s turbo four has 211 and 258 pound-feet of torque. The Q5 3.2 Premium version comes with a V-6 with 270 horsepower but less than the turbo-four, with 243 (Torque is the force that a vehicle up to speed and pushes into their seats full throttle; horsepower is the that sustains this The 2011 BMW X3 offers a choice of inline six-cylinder engines: The X3 xDrive2.8 model has 240 horsepower and 221 of torque. The X3 xDrive3.0 model has a six rated at 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of making it the quickest model in comparison.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz offers one engine, a 3.5-liter V-6 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

For economy, the Audi Q5 2.0T model with its turbo is the leader with an EPA rating of mpg city/highway. The Q5 3.2 Premium Plus and its V-6 rate 18/23 mpg. The BMW X3 is the most fuel-efficient of these

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It’s rated 19/25 mpg the base 3.0-liter six and 19/26 the turbo six – the latter boasting the power-to-fuel-efficiency ratio in this The Mercedes-Benz GLK350 is the thirstiest, 16/23 mpg with rear-wheel and 16/21 with AWD.

The sportiest-driving of the trio is the BMW X3 thanks in to several available performance-enhancing These include BMW’s Damping Control that suspension stiffness according to speed, load, and road This it does in real-time, to maintain a smooth ride and handling.

BMW accentuates the latter a Performance Control mode sends 80 percent of the engine to the rear wheels and engages the rear brake while added power to the outside wheel while cornering. an optional Driving Dynamics system allows the X3 driver to the suspension, steering, powertrain, and control response to “normal,” and “sport plus” modes. The Q5’s available Audi Select system allows sport/normal personalization, but on the BMW, the serves to further enhance road manners that are tops in this trio.

For available features of appeal to lovers, the X3 is the leader here, as It is available with a head-up that projects vehicle and other information onto the in the driver’s line of sight. smartphone integration with the to have the system read aloud while driving is an X3 exclusive.

So is BMW’s Top View that coordinates several video cameras to let the driver see behind, in front, and to the sides of the for easier and safer parking. The Top image projects on a dashboard

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK and 2011 Q5 carve out techno niches their own arrays of exclusive The GLK is the only crossover here to an optional rear-seat DVD entertainment and adaptive headlamps that to light the way through curves. And the new Mercedes’ mbrace smartphone allows owners to locate the and lock/unlock doors remotely via phones. BMW and Audi don’t this smartphone capability,

The Audi Q5 is the only crossover in trio to offer adaptive control to maintain both a set and distance from traffic And it’s the only one with and cooled cupholders, and ventilated seats.

Pricing is a debatable All three entry models are $1,550 of one another – not likely a big in this class. And load up any of crossovers will all available and you’re talking $50,000-plus.

But the spec sheets for standard powertrain ratings, and other points, and value differences to emerge. The 2011 Audi base prices start out but top out higher, at $36,075 for the 2.0T model and $43,375 for the 3.2 Premium version. The 2011 BMW X3 is the costliest of trio in base form, the xDrive2.8 priced from The turbocharged BMW X3 xDrive3.0 is an attractive value with a base of $41,925. Credit Mercedes-Benz pricing that places it in the ground here, though its compact crossover gets quickly once you begin to the options boxes.

Still, the starts at $36,375 in base form and at $38,375 with

The 2011 BMW X3. It’s the freshest here and aspires to be the most sophisticated and the most rewarding to It delivers on both counts to myriad advanced performance and features. Both its engines fine thrust but the turbo-six is quick.

The standard eight-speed automatic shifts smoothly and precisely for acceleration in lower gears and the to shift all the way from eighth to second for brisk highway response. The 2011 Audi Q5 a close second and within its we’d recommend this newcomer, the 2.0T Premium for its torque-happy turbocharged engine and transmission over the costlier V-6 3.2 Plus edition. The 2011 GLK350, somewhat oddly, in a base rear-drive model for the few in this segment who prefer to AWD.

We’d bet that’s to maintain a competitive base The intentionally trucky-looking GLK350 is a worthy entry with a V-6 engine, ample comfort, and manners that are good but not as sporty as those of the X3 or Q5.

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