The newest GLK features enough style, grace, and technology to make the most jaded enthusiasts drool. But is it big enough where it counts? Check it out.
Mercedes-Benz GLK Trims and Feature Highlights
The GLK is Mercedes’ compact crossover option that successfully balances luxury and performance in a well-rounded package. The current GLK gasoline option (GLK250 Bluetec diesel will be available next year) goes by the name of GLK350 and is available a single trim level with multiple package upgrades. Price ranges from just over $37,000 to well over the $60,000 mark, depending on extras. While some may be wary of GLK’s quickly escalating price range, it means that you’ve got plenty of options in the form of anything you’d ever want in a vehicle.
Standard GLK traits include room for five, a 302 horsepower V6 with rear-wheel drive (4matic all-wheel drive is optional), 54 cubic feet of total cargo space, and 21 combined MPG. Wood trim, dual-zone climate control, and Bluetooth are pre-installed, but you’ll have to pay extra for leather seats. COMAND infotainment (including voice-controlled navigation) comes on a 7 inch in-dash LCD screen, and is available as part of the Multimedia Package ($2,790).
Numerous other packages give buyers the option to upgrade appearance, expand luxury & comfort, or become safer in every single way. Worried about falling asleep at the wheel or getting dirty headlights? GLK has you covered. The tech is housed by an exterior appearance that boasts small but significant updates which really show off GLK’s small-time handsomeness.
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Mercedes-Benz GLK Performance
You’ll find a 3.5 liter direct injection V6 under GLK’s hood. It’s worth 302 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque that is harnessed via a 7-speed automatic transmission featuring ECO and Sport modes along with paddle shifters for manual shift control. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, but an all-wheel drive option dubbed 4matic is available. GLK’s V6 contains enough muscle to get it from 0 to 60 in just 6.5 seconds- not bad for a 4,000 pound frame.
Mercedes-Benz GLK Fuel Economy
Thanks to an efficient V6 and ECO start/stop technology that stops the engine during waits at stoplights (don’t worry; it can be turned off), the rear-wheel drive GLK achieves 19/25/21 (city/highway/combined) MPG. GLK models equipped with 4matic only lose 1 highway MPG, for numbers of 19/24/21.
Mercedes-Benz GLK Interior Highlights
Mercedes has revamped GLK’s interior presence for 2013, so you’ll get even more comfort and class, particularly up front. GLK’s standard MB-Tex upholstry looks as good as leather (the real thing is $2,100) and blends well with the wood trim, and COMAND’s controls are known to be easy to operate.
Back seat space is at a minimum for the compact crossover segment; you’ll get just 35.1 inches of legroom, which can get tight for the full-grown crowd. Cargo space is similarly compressed, offering up 54.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded and just 23.3 cubes with all seats upright and locked in their driving positions.
Mercedes-Benz GLK Safety
Standards for 2013 include antilock disc brakes with brake assist, adaptive technology, mbrace2 services, and a drying feature that wipes water off the discs. Also standard are traction & stability control, nine airbags, and a unique driver drowsiness monitor dubbed Attention Assist.
You’ll also be able to add just about every type of additional safety tech available at the moment. Choices include rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, blind spot and lane departure warning systems, and even a headlamp washing system.
GLK is noted for its solid crash test numbers. 2013 numbers are not yet available, but the crossover has IIHS Top Safety Pick blood running through its chassis.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK is a crossover that lets you leave baggage behind, both figuratively and literally. Small on rear seat and cargo space, GLK350 goes big on everything else that you’d need or want in a small luxury SUV. That feeling you get when you take it home is one of satisfaction.
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