This 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class video review covers the GLK350 and the GLK 250 Bluetec, which has a diesel engine. We discuss fuel economy, price, comfort, features, interior space and how the Mercedes GLK compares with other compact luxury SUVs.
Most crossovers are considered to be family vehicles. Frankly, the Mercedes GLK isn't. Its smaller backseat and cargo area make most of its competitors a better choice for moms and dads. But, if the kids have left the nest or if they never existed at all, the GLK has a range of talents that make it a great choice.
There are two versions to consider. The GLK350 has a 302-hp V6 that makes it one of the quickest compact luxury SUVs. Now, its 21 mpg combined with optional 4Matic all-wheel drive is below average, but if fuel economy is more important to you than power, the GLK250 Bluetec has a diesel engine that should return about 30 mpg.
Pricing for all GLK's starts in between $38,000 and $40,000 depending on engine and whether you get all-wheel drive. All of them come standard with power seats, Bluetooth, auto climate control and MBTex upholstery. It's vinyl, but it breathes better than leather, it won't wear out as quickly and your friends will never know the difference.
Now, real leather is available along with just about all the bells, whistles and toys that'll keep you safe, entertained and comfortable. Adding absolutely everything, which would be a lot, brings the sticker to about $58,000.
But you get more than just a laundry list of features for your money. Everything about the GLK feels solidly engineered whether you just close the door or drive over a pot hole. The revised interior is also incredibly nice, with this nice wood trim and other high-quality materials. These buttons and switches are the same ones as those in vastly more expensive Benzes.
Another Mercedes staple is the excellent COMAND interface. It might not be flashy or have fun graphics like some other tech systems, but its mix of dash buttons and this knob manages both simple and complicated tasks. It just works.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the GLK a Top Safety Pick, which is reassuring, but so is the way it drives. The handling gives you a lot of confidence, plus the ride is very comfortable and composed. It's quiet in here, too, and the seats are very supportive.
So, there's a lot to like about this GLK, but if hauling people and cargo is important, Audi's Q5 and the family-friendly Volvo XC60 would be better choices.