The GLK is one of Mercedes newer models and will be competing in the mid sized SUV category. This places it in the sights of models such as the BMW X3, Audi's Q5, and the RDX from Acura. A tough croud to be stacked up against, but he GLK brings a great deal to the table. It's the smallest SUV Mercedes makes, though some of its' style is taken from its larger brethren. While more at home on road than off, the GLK offers a good fit for even four adults in everyday motoring.
It is offered in two forms. The GLK 350, a rear wheel drive variant with a 268 HP 3.5 liter V-6 that sends power through a 7 speed automatic transmission. The 4matic version offers the same power train with the addition of all wheels drive.
The GLK's come with an impressive list of standard features including dual zone climate control; power everything and an 8 speaker stereo system. The options are even more impressive. From a panoramic sunroof and navigation to surround sound and full leather seating.
Bodystyles: Crossover SUV
Engines: 3.5L V-6
Transmissions: 7-speed automatic
Models: GLK350, GLK350 4Matic
For the second year of the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, changes inside include a new premium leather steering wheel and a new headlight control switch. A knee airbag, pelvic airbags, and a rearview camera are available. There's also an AMG sport package, with AMG bumpers, 20-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, and aluminum roof rails. Pearl Beige is a new color for 2011.
What looks like a scaled-down GL-Class comes with 19-inch wheels, and the optional 20s make it look taller than it really is. This is the most rugged looking SUV in the entry-level luxury category.
Features such as eight-way power front seats, dual-zone climate control with dust filter, 5.0-inch display, eight-speaker audio system, and tilt/telescoping wheel are standard. A panoramic sunroof, surround sound, and a navigation system are available.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 GLK-Class is powered by the same 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 as was in the vehicle in 2010, which gets the SUV to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds and through the quarter mile in 15.1 seconds at 91.8 mph. It only needs 118 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is best in its class. Despite excellent chassis dynamics, though, steering is uncommunicative.
There are driver and passenger front airbags, head curtains, side airbags (in front-seat backrests), driver knee, and dual front pelvic airbags. Stability control, discs with ABS and brake assist, and traction control are standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
GLK350: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
GLK350 4Matic: 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway
- Big-SUV styling
- Excellent chassis dynamics
- Great acceleration
- Beautiful, airy cabin
You Won't Like
- Uncommunicative steering
- Rear middle seat is tight
- No engine options
- Not much of an off-roader
Off-road looks -- but it doesn't like dirt
If You Like This Vehicle
- Audi Q5
- BMW X3
- Acura RDX
- Volvo XC60
- Land Rover LR2