2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

GLK350 RWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

New For 2013

The GLK benefits from a much-needed freshening for 2013. The V-6 engine is replaced with a more powerful unit, and a 2.1-liter diesel four-cylinder is a new offering in the U.S. The update brings the small Benz’s interior in line with our expectations. All the GLK needs now is to trade its dowdy look for some more stylish duds.


Although the German home market gets to enjoy the C-class in wagon form, Mercedes-Benz has wisely chosen a small SUV to take on the role of a compact utility vehicle here in the U.S. The GLK-class looks nothing like the C-class on which it’s based, of course. The boxy, upright exterior is a departure from its carlike competitors (chiefly, the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5) and gives the GLK an advantage in passenger and cargo space and in outward visibility. The rear seat is roomy, and the driver reaps the benefits of a redesigned interior with a more stylish dashboard and instrument cluster. We don’t, however, count the flimsy gear selector on the steering column as an improvement. It’s all good under the hood, though, where there are two new engines. The 3.5-liter V-6 is a polished, powerful mill with the ability to save fuel by automatically shutting down when the car comes to a stop. Those seeking even greater efficiency will want to opt for the new diesel four-cylinder. Sold as the GLK250 BlueTec, the 2.1-liter engine is suitably lively and well mannered to serve in this $38,000 luxury crossover. The GLK rides comfortably on standard nineteen-inch wheels, but it exhibits too much body roll in corners. The X3 and the Q5 offer better handling and a sporty character that is absent in the Mercedes.


ABS; front, front side and pelvis, side curtain, and driver’s knee air bags; traction and stability control; and tire-pressure monitoring are standard. Optional equipment includes swiveling headlights, lane-departure warning, blind-spot assist, adaptive cruise control, adaptive high-beams, and active parking assist.

You'll like:

  • Pleasant ride
  • Plenty of space
  • Great engines

You won't like:

  • Frumpy styling
  • Unimpressive handling

Key Competitors For The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-class

  • Audi Q5
  • BMW X3
  • Infiniti EX37
  • Volvo XC60
2013 Mercedes Benz GLK250 BlueTec 4Matic Front Right View
After a lunch of bruschetta, pizza, and gelato, which is an ironic way to fuel up for testing a German car, Mercedes-Benz product manager Bart Herring gets straight to boasting. "No one is better positioned to bring diesel models to the market," he says. "Diesel is very well suited to what people want." Even setting aside Herring's praise, the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTec 4Matic is clearly something unique. Not only is it America's only diesel compact crossover, it also handily tops its segment in fuel economy.
2013 Mercedes Benz GLK250 BlueTEC Front Three Quarter
The littlest Mercedes-Benz SUV will pack a big fuel-economy punch, but only a modest price tag when it goes on sale nationwide tomorrow. The diesel-powered GLK250 BlueTec 4Matic will cost $39,495 (after a $905 destination charge) and returns 24/33 mpg (city/highway).
Mercedes Benz GLA Class Rear Three Quarter
We’ve already seen no less than three models based on the Mercedes-Benz MFA platform and if you think the automaker is finished developing variants from the chassis, think again. Shown in the following photos is the newest MFA family member, a compact crossover expected to be called the GLA. The BMW X1 and Audi Q3 are just a couple expected competitors once it hits the market. The tester is debadged and covered up, but a number of Benz styling cues are visible including its door handles, two-bar front grille, and headlights that mimic the A-Class. Unlike the A-Class hatch, this test mule has a slightly higher ride height and a sharply angled rear hatch, both of which give it a distinct crossover appearance. Earlier this year Mercedes-Benz confirmed it would produce the GLA at its Rastatt, Germany plant, where the new A-Class is currently being built. Details haven’t been released, but it should share the same front-drive powertrain options as the A and B-Class, as well as the CLA sedan unveiled at the 2012 Beijing auto show. The CLA is expected to arrive in the U.S. with a 2.0-liter turbocharged gas I-4 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. We expect all-wheel drive will be optional and wouldn’t be surprised if AMG got their hands on this model as well. Should Mercedes decide to bring the GLA to our shores, expect to see it here sometime in 2014. For now, the only MFA-based model confirmed for the U.S. market is the CLA sedan, which is scheduled to arrive next summer or fall. No word if we’ll see the A-Class in the U.S., but current rumors speculate that the B-Class could arrive here as an electric vehicle in 2014.  
2013 Mercedes Benz GLK250 Front Left Side View
The Mercedes-Benz GLK first went on sale at the beginning of 2009 as a 2010 model, which means Mercedes' baby G just celebrated its third birthday. So the corporate parent is lavishing some attention on its littlest SUV. Outside, there's more chrome, LED lighting front and rear, and a slightly redone front end. Inside, the driver is presented with a new dashboard with a sportier, richer-looking instrument cluster, and bisected by a large trim piece featuring prominent, round air vents.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Specifications

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3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
25 MPG
302 hp @ 6500rpm
273 ft lb of torque @ 3500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD
  • Navigation
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 999 months
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Best Pick
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IIHS Front Small Overlap

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