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The Best Midsize Luxury SUV: Mercedes GLK vs BMW X3

mercedes glk vs bmw x3

So, you’ve organised where you want to go: Europe! Now it’s time to rent the best car for your trip. Did you know that there are a number of midsize luxury SUV options available for renters? These are cars that are perfect for long family trips around Europe – and come with some unbeatable benefits.

Two of the best midsize luxury SUVs are the Mercedes GLK and the BMW X3. But which one is best?

Here’s our run down of Mercedes GLK vs BMW X3: Find out which one is the best!

Leg room and space

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There is more than enough room in the BMW X3 for two very tall people in the back, as well as a massive 1,600 liters of trunk space with the seats down and 480 liters with the seats up for all of that luggage.

The Mercedes GLX has less trunk space than its competitors, and it has slightly less legroom than the BMW. The front seats do, however offer a lot of adjustability for the driver and front passenger. It does have more trunk space than the BMW X3, with 660 liters of trunk space with the seats up.

Winner: BMW X3


safety of mercedes glk and bmw x3

The Mercedes GLK distributes weight evenly for a strong, safe and smooth ride. It also has brake assist features, automatic brake drying, and predictive brake priming. It also has daytime running lights, integrated turn signal mirrors, a blind spot monitor, and lane departure warning.

The BMW X3 has a number of state-of-the-art safety features to keep you and your family safe on your trip, including a passenger air bag, brake assist, daytime running lights, integrated turn signal mirrors, blind spot monitor, and lane departure warning.

Winner: Mercedes GLK


bmw x3 vs mercedes glk

The Mercedes GLK has a 4-cylinder engine that generates high torque with low emissions. It’s agility control system continually recalibrates the shock absorbers to suit the road’s terrain. The Mercedes GLK is a four-wheel drive that can go from zero to 60mph in 5.7 seconds.

The BMW X3 is more of a comfortable drive than sporty drive, with a great emphasis on smoothness rather than on speed. It has a great fuel economy, and can go from 0 to 60mph in just 9.2 seconds! It’s top speed is a massive 127 mph.

Winner: BMW X3

Special features

mercedes glk special features

The Mercedes GLK has a beautiful panoramic roof that tilts up for ventilation and slides back for open-air views. If it’s too sunny, you can also block out the light by adjusting the vehicle’s dual interior shades. The Mercedes model also has an impeccable and luxury interior.

The BMW X3 has a beautiful and polished interior that matches any great BMW sports vehicle. It also comes with bluetooth sync, and offers available features such as surround-view camera system, navigation, a surround-sound audio system, and a panoramic moonroof.

Winner: Tie

Overall winner: BMW X3

bmw x3

While the Mercedes GLK has plenty of incredible features, such as its panoramic roof and stunning interior, as well as some incredible safety features, the BMW X3 wins overall. It’s impressive storage space and masses of leg room make it a comfortable drive, while it also has the fastest acceleration of the two SUVs, and offers the same plush interior and special features as its Mercedes rival.


Book your Mercedes GLK or BMW X3 with Kemwel

Whether you prefer the Mercedes GLK or BMW X3, Kemwel will get you the best rates for your next road trip in Europe. Your entire family will ride in comfort and style during their trip of a lifetime.  While planning your next European road trip, remember that Kemwel offers some of the best travel deals on everything from cheap car rentals to cozy hotels and more. Simply browse our rates online or give our friendly travel experts a call, toll-free at 1-877-820-0668.

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Daintree Tours from Cairns: Tropical Queensland Holidays

daintree tours from cairns

Northern Australia is a tumultuous and exciting terrain filled with tropical rainforests, rocky headlands and long stretches of beach. It’s an out-of-this-world location to take a road trip.

Start your journey in the north of Cairns, the gateway to the stunning Great Barrier Reef, and head up to Daintree National Park, home to numerous creeks, rivers, and mountain ranges.

Experience two of Australia’s most celebrated World Heritage Sites at the beginning and the end of your tropical Queensland Holiday along the famous Captain Cook Highway. The journey will be full of impressive stops throughout the northern part of Australia, which follows the awesome Aussie coastline. Enjoy these Daintree tours from Cairns this summer:


cairns australia car rental tours

Start your journey in the capital of Northern Queensland, Cairns. The city has been transformed from a sleepy mill town to a bustling city thanks to its proximity to one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world: The Great Barrier Reef. Everyone in Cairns is in some way involved with the crystal blue waters of the reef, and will either be diving, snorkeling or taking a boat trip at some point during their stay. The city also has an incredible tropical history that is rich with aboriginal cultural and heritage sites, which are available to be explored, and has easy access to the rainforest.

Palm Cove

palm cove tropical queensland holiday

Located just 27 km north of Cairns, a smooth drive along the coastline will bring you to the beautiful beach-side community of Palm Cove. The tropical paradise has everything you will have come to expect from Northern Queensland, beautiful white beaches, crisp blue ocean, and a relaxed and friendly holiday atmosphere. Known as the “village by the sea”, Palm Cove is literally covered in palm trees and offers Great Barrier Reef tours, as well as other water-based activities, such as kayaking and fishing. There are plenty of luxury and budget accommodation options here, too, if you wish to stay a little bit longer.

Port Douglas

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Port Douglas started life as a tired fishing village back in the 1960s, but today it is altogether another beast. Discover a stunning four-mile-long white sandy beach at the heart of the town, which is filled with sophisticated bars, restaurants and shops that are more peaceful and relaxed than Cairns. Spend some time walking the docks at the Dickson Inlet and Reef Marina, where you may be able to spot one or two famous superyachts.

Whyanbeel Valley

whyanbeel valley australia trips

Drive through this stunning valley set slightly inland from the coastline of farmland and beautiful historic villages. Proving just how diverse Northern Queensland’s terrain can be, the valley is lined with fields of sugar-cane in front of acres of hills covered in rainforest. It’s quite an unusual and magnificent sight. You may also stumble across pretty creeks, fruit farms, and waterfalls on your drive. Be sure to plan to visit a historic World War II bomb site and a glass-blowing studio.

Wonga Beach


This small residential town of Wonga is known for its almost untouched beach, Wonga Beach. A great area to start exploring the Daintree River and Rainforest, as the beach and town is technically located in Daintree Valley. Enjoy a local town center and plenty of wonderful natural sites that are perfect for walking and swimming. It is, in fact, known as Northern Queensland’s best kept secret…

Daintree National Park

daintree national park queensland australia

Famous for having one of Australia’s most extensive lowland rainforests, Daintree National Park is wild and dense in parts, and soft and navigable in others. Follow high mountain ranges along the coastline, look for ancient plants and animals, and learn more about this traditional and unique landscape and its indigenous Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people.

Let Kemwel Make Your Next Tropical Queensland Holiday a Success!

Taking a Daintree tour from Cairns is the ultimate holiday. Make sure you’re getting the best deal possible with a cheap car rental in Cairns from Kemwel! Kemwel offers affordable car rentals in Australia and worldwide. While planning your next Queensland road trip, remember that Kemwel offers some of the best travel deals on everything from cheap car rentals to cozy hotels and more. Simply browse our rates online or give our friendly travel experts a call, toll-free at 1-877-820-0668.

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