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dmegeath
08-03-2012, 03:42 PM
Has anyone had a chance to compare the X1 to the 2013 models of the Mercedes Benz GLK (heard from a dealer that they are showing up any day now here in Northern Calif)?

I'm waiting for both to show up for test drives. Have a Mini-Cooper-S Countryman (turbo charged 4 cyl.) and it runs like a fast go-cart (rides like one too); considering trading in the old '08 E350 Sport on something like the X1 or the GLK.

Thanks for any feedback.

bimmerized
08-03-2012, 04:01 PM
haven't driven the GLK, but I'm sure the X1 will drive much better interms of handling. I've owned a MB once and that was the last. I've always driven BMWs and so far there hasn't been a good substitute.

The GLK is heavier by at least 300 lbs and is going to be more expensive when equally equipped. The exterior size and price is closer to the X3 than the X1. Personally I think the GLK is fugly on the outside; is it sits more upright and is boxy, so I didn't even consider.

One thing going for the GLK is the availability of a diesel engine this year instead of next for the X1.

investor27
08-04-2012, 12:13 AM
To me the GLK is quite a bit smaller than the X3. The GLK is more in-line with the X1 in size.

pony_trekker
08-04-2012, 04:24 AM
Had a GLK rental and was really impressed. Fit and finish at least as good as X3, though smaller.

AzNMpower32
08-04-2012, 06:37 AM
The GLK will have a diesel going for it, but will only be available in AWD. I plan to test both an sDrive28i and the GLK 250 just for comparison's sake during the fall and next year (I think the GLK 250 comes out a bit later).

X1blue
08-05-2012, 04:31 AM
The GLK is aimed more at the X3, so pricing will be higher, especially as BMW are trying to gain market share with the X1 and here in Europe you can get free options and impressive discounts. Mercedes wound hardly budge on price (in southern Spain, Mercedes sells 4x as much as BMW, and Audi 6x based on registrations)

Personally, we didnt like the square look of the GLK but inside is has a high quality build. The blue leather interior with aluminium is really nice.

The GLK ride is far superior than the X1. The car is stable, does not vibrate on the motorway. Little road vibration from the road gets passed to the driver (the X1 is horrible in this respect) and you can barely hear the diesel motor. That odd square shape also seems to dampen wind noise, or maybe the cabin is just better insulated. X1 really is cheap in these respects.

Mercedes is far behind BMW in electronics. The main interface is a PCMCIA card!!

Another issue is that the standard glass is thermal which reduces considerable heat entering the car in southern Europe. This means you use less gas on the aircon. Our X1 AC is constantly on and the cabin never really gets cold and we have the tinted glass on the rear seats.

X3 improves on cabin noise but I cant remember how the steering was. I believe it is EPS rather than the cheap mechanical steering on the X1. Have you looked at the Audi Q3?

Evlengr
08-07-2012, 03:14 AM
The GLK will have a diesel going for it, but will only be available in AWD. I plan to test both an sDrive28i and the GLK 250 just for comparison's sake during the fall and next year (I think the GLK 250 comes out a bit later).

Personally I think you should buy my X3 since you know it's in great condition and will be a rare find with manual tranny. :rofl:

JIM2013X1
08-07-2012, 09:08 AM
I've owned three BMWs and one Mercedes. A friend once told me, who also owned both: You RIDE in a Mercedes but you DRIVE a BMW. Words to live by!!! :rofl:

mason
08-08-2012, 01:25 PM
GLK back row is tight. I haven't tried X1 but I've heard from media that it is not bad. 2013 GLK interior was awful looking. Diesel is coming in 2013.

AzNMpower32
08-08-2012, 05:58 PM
Personally I think you should buy my X3 since you know it's in great condition and will be a rare find with manual tranny. :rofl:
Next vehicle has to consume less than 5l/100km on the highway (47 US mpg) and emit less than 160 g/km. I have tough environmental standards too.

Granted, given my devotion to mountain biking, I might go nuts on an impulse one day and buy a pickup truck. :rofl: *D'oh*

X1blue
08-09-2012, 07:57 AM
Next vehicle has to consume less than 5l/100km on the highway (47 US mpg) and emit less than 160 g/km. I have tough environmental standards too.

Granted, given my devotion to mountain biking, I might go nuts on an impulse one day and buy a pickup truck. :rofl: *D'oh*

Our X1 sDrive 18g is reporting 6,1/100km over 800km, mostly on the motorway. When you are on a flat motorway, the meter does show around 3-5 but that gets wiped out when you hit headwind or a slope, when 10-15l/100km is the norm with cruise control @ 110km/h

In the city, will rarely get less than 9 as per the onboard system.

In the end, Audi, Mercedes and BMW are similar on fuel consumption for comparable models as long as you dont accelerate excessively.

AutoUnion
08-09-2012, 08:44 AM
OP, GLK and X1 aren't competitors.

The GLK is coming with a CDI, so it wins IMO

X1FirstBMW
08-10-2012, 04:08 PM
Drove the GLK for the first time this week. I am not a performance car person, so I can only talk about fit, form, and speed/power. The MB was heavy, solid, and very smooth. Interior space was decent, but when sitting in the back seat, I had no leg room. The back of the front seat dug into my keg. I am 5'9 btw. Drove the base model 4matic with MB faux leather. Decent speed, but slow to react. The gas milage was scary, closer to my full size crossover. I think 19/22. I was offered a great deal, but wanted to drive the X1 first.
Drove the X1 xDrive today with Premium and cold weather packages. Fast, very responsive, tight steering. The rear space was definitely smaller than the GLK. More like a typical hatchback. Legroom was much better in the backseat. Overall, I liked the interior much better. Felt higher quality, loved the display. X1 is odd in person. Sometimes it looks fierce and fast. At other angles it looks more like a wagon. A guy pulled up next to me in an X5 and the X1 looked faster, younger, and well sized. Side by side the X5 looked dated. Gas mileage is much better than my Passat.
Long story shirt, I ordered the X1. Only paid about $3k more than the lesser equipped GLK (after 6K in MB and USAA discounts). Jet black, sand beige, premium package, 18" double spoke wheels, and satin roof rails for 35k.

JIM2013X1
08-13-2012, 03:02 AM
Confirmed that mine arrived in Baltimore on Saturday, will be loaded on the car carrier this morning (Monday) and arrive at my dealer this evening. Should be driving it tomorrow after work!! Thanks for the update on how it drives.