Comparison: BMW X1 vs. Mercedes GLK vs. Volvo XC60

BMW X1 | December 23rd, 2009 by 14

Another interesting comparison coming out of Germany: BMW X1 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLK and Volvo XC60. To spice up things even more, Autobild went ahead stereotyping …

Another interesting comparison coming out of Germany: BMW X1 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLK and Volvo XC60. To spice up things even more, Autobild went ahead stereotyping the drivers of these three cars: the hunter takes the GLK, the driver goes for the X1 while the self-employed citizen takes the XC60.

The comparison begins with the height of these cars. The X1 measures 1.55 meters high, GLK 1.69 meters and the Volvo 1.71 meters. Despite the lower height, Autobild says that the X1 in-line with the other two models as far as interior space. The X1 interior comes with the driver-oriented dashboard, a different approach from its competitors.

The BMW X1 as tested is powered by a four-cylinder twin-turbo 2.0 liter diesel engine with 204 horsepower and 400Nm torque. The engine is matted to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes-Benz GLK also comes with a four-cylinder 2.0 liter diesel twin-turbo engine, same power as the BMW (204 hp) and 500Nm of torque; the engine is matted to a seven-speed. Volvo XC60 uses a five-cylinder diesel turbo engine (2400cc), outputting 295 horsepower and 420Nm of torque; transmission used is a six-speed automatic.


All three cars tested are four-wheel drive.


Performance wise, BMW’s entry level SAV takes the first spot, running from 0 to 62 mph (100km/h) in 7.6 seconds, compared to the GLK at 8.2 seconds and the Sweedish counterpart at 9.6 seconds. ┬áBraking distance is also where the X1 excels, 35.3 meters from 100 km/h, 36.3 meters for the GLK and 38.1 for XC60.

Another points scored by BMW are in the fuel consumption test where the X1 comes on top: 7.8 liter/100km. Mercedes GLK comes second with 8.6 liter/100km and the XC60 is the least fuel efficient with its 9.0 liter/100km.


Since the exterior design can be very subjective and based on personal preferences, we’re just going to let you comment on the photos below.

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14 responses to “Comparison: BMW X1 vs. Mercedes GLK vs. Volvo XC60”

  1. viper says:

    all three look great , bmw is 200kg less than Mercedes…same engine…and 400 vs 500Nm is huge too…and goes to waste because of the weight..its very difficult to decide here…volvo’s got the best looks and the interior is stunning

    • Resin8 says:

      I know you know WHERE the Cap Shift button is, you just don’t seem to know WHEN to use it. Also, punctuation eludes you. As does lucid thought. You’re a dumbass, stop posting on BMWBLOG.

    • Philip says:

      I can’t believe it – I just received a brochure for the BMW x1 in the mail and asked my local bmw dealer about leather seats (nevada leather). The brochure has a footnote indicating that nevada leather seats actually means only leather on the front panel of the seats ! Soon BMW will be charging extra for the oxygen in the vehicle.

  2. 100$ GUY says:

    Didn`t knew the bimmer was that superior in perfomance specs, wow.
    Better acceleration, better stopping power, less noisy engine, way less weight, more fuel efficient.
    Great job from the efficient dynamics BMW.

  3. James May says:

    The X1 is in a lower segment so its weight should be less. It should help the sales figures because the X3 is being killed by the Q5 and the GLK

  4. elgee says:

    the X1 is superb and in a lower segment than the merc and volvo, I can’t wait to see future the X3.

  5. Artmic says:

    i like the x1 a million times better than that awkward looking X3.

  6. Stacy says:

    I love the aggressive looking grill. I wish they hadn’t taken that away from the 3 series. I want this car NOW.

  7. All these cars are really impressive.Taking into consideration every specs in each car.They have unique features that will amaze car enthusiasts.Volvo XC60 was highlighted for many features they had this year.And the form of they advertising was very good too.

  8. I agree,if you watch the last Twilight Saga Eclipse.Volvo XC60 was highlighted there.It’s one great advertising campaign.I really like the car design and performance.

  9. Used Tires says:

    it is very much hard to distinguish between BMW, Mercedes and Volvo because all three are top manufacturers among BMW and Benz are leading

  10. Aaron says:

    hey i m planning to buy a Volvo XC 60 model but dont know whether i should or not. i have seen the specs of this car but feel that it is little overpriced. can anyone help me out with this confusion.

  11. cool says:

    how long did it take you to write this blog..

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