The Mercedes-Benz GLK is a perfectly nice car in its own right, but it falls to the back of the pack when compared against excellent competitors like the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Infiniti FX35. The GLK's engine lacks the top-end urgency of its sportier peers and its transmission is neither as smooth nor as quick as the eight-speed ZF automatic used by both Audi and BMW. The ride quality is a redeeming trait and the interior is comfortable, though rather drab. While the GLK's styling doesn't offend me, I do agree that it's not aging well. In fact, at just two years old, the entire vehicle isn't aging well. Mechanically and stylistically, the GLK is in dire need of a significant update.
- Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor
Most people agree that the GLK is odd-looking and, if you've only seen it in pictures, it's even more so in person. Its hard lines and squared-off shape also don't seem to mesh with the curvy, muscular styling that dominates the Mercedes-Benz lineup. It only vaguely looks like a smaller version of its big brother, the GL, but in the downsizing process, the GLK's proportions got a bit wacky and its overall shape became more like a tall wagon rather than small SUV. We here at Automobile Magazine tend to like wagons, but the general car-buying public doesn't.
The ironic thing is that its odd proportions are a big contributor to what's good about the GLK. Its boxy shape and upright greenhouse make it easy to see out of and create an abundance of headroom, front and rear. And, the complete lack of tumblehome creates a cargo area that is quite large. In fact, the cargo capacity behind the rear seats of the GLK (35 cubic feet) is 7 cubic feet more than the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5, and is comparable to the much larger M-class.
- Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor