After 5 volvos between the 2 of us, and a Land Rover, VW and Honda in between and with Volvo's reluctance to negotiate their high leases, the MB 2015 GLK AWD was not only refreshing but the most luxurious riding vehicle we have owned to date! Edmunds is right, this car is solid, over 4,000 pounds in weight, holds the road and with an an engine you cannot hear. The acceleration has no turbo lag and we are spoiled with the quiet, smooth ride and the engine's effortless changing of gears we cannot hear or feel it. (Take that volvo and VW) I am 6'1 215 male athletic build, front seats are comfy, head room we love, harder to find cars with expansive head room. The AWD will be much appreciated in the harsh Minnesota winters. The safety mechanisms are second to none. Plus knee airbags for the driver! The 19 inch tires plant you firmly on the pavement but don't be fooled, this baby can get up and GO! We are in love with the engine's power for highway driving. Truly this is luxury at its best. Volvo's are nice, but Benz is superb! The best thing about both our 2015 GLK's are the lease rates. MB leases it's demo's (take note Volvo, thank you for rejecting my off on your 2015 Volvo xc70 demo which after my offer sat on the lot for 3 months!) My GLK is red, black leather no sunroof or manual gate but everything else. $329 month 2 year lease 7500 a year (yeah we dont' drive much) My partner, 2015 GLK white, tan leather, wood dash, dual sunroof and power gate $350 a month 2 year lease 7500 a year. It was $3k down on EACH vehicle, hefty, but leasing costs.
We look forward to the redesign and re badging the 2016 GLC and look forward to a long long long relationship with MB. (take that Volvo!)
We have 7000 miles on our 2015 GLK350 now and so far it's been outstanding. Mercedes quality is evident in this car with no squeaks, rattles, even on the bumpiest of roads. Engine is powerful for its class. The Eco mode where the engine shuts off after a minute at lights is a great invention. Just lift off the brake pedal and it instantly starts back up with no lag time. My only complaint is that the engine has a slightly rattly sound that reminds me a bit of a diesel, but that's really nit picking at this point. Transmission is seamless, almost electric engine smooth!
Interior is outstandingly sharp. My wife picked this car at the dealership for this feature. Very tastefully done (we got the dark wood with aluminium trim). Despite our toddler flinging his milk bottles and turning the back of the car into a white splattered version of a murder scene, everything simply wiped off with a wet rag. Seats are comfy yet firm.
The suspension is a bit more firm than I prefer but I also appreciate the confidence the firmness inspires. Definitely more sports car feeling than an SUV (evident in it's shared C-Class platform).
Now the gripes:
- During a rain storm, you're sure to get a bit of a drenching when you open the back doors. The rear rain gutters are ineffective.
- The turn signal stalk is always hidden behind the main stalk so you're accidentally turning on the wipers instead of the blinker.
- For such a wide vehicle, it sure has little interior space. Our E-Class wagon is narrower yet holds 3 to 4 times as much stuff!
Overall, we love this car. It's my wife's main car while I drive our E-Class Wagon. Both cars feel very different and it's hard to tell which one I prefer....
This car ride very smoothly, but like the other reviewer, my GLK350 also has wind noise. And it's always in the passenger front side. I took it in to the dealer and they had the window shield replaced. The situation still not improved. I didn't hear that noise when I drove Avalon or any other verticals. It was raining really hard today and my rain wipers weren't fast enough for me to see the road, this were never happen in my past with the other cars. I will not buy this car again.
* Correction: Dealer replaced windshield seal at first (did not work). Finally they replaced the front windshield glass, that got rid of the annoying wind noise.
This is a great car until you become familiar with it. It has looks,style and attractiveness,but the pros generally stop there. None of the controls are intuitive. The voice commands only control the nav system. My 2014 Honda Accord Touring could make calls,turn on the air, ch ange the temperature and several other things. This car is luxury in name only,because it has the Mercedes name tag. In my personal opinion, the cost to value ratio is about 75%. I would not buy this vehicle again
Pros: I love the feel of this car when driving. It's solid with great acceleration. I also like the fact that you can put the car into the "hold" position (while stopped at a light for example) and the car will temporarily cut off theoretically saving on gas. Once you put your foot on the accelerator it kicks back into drive seamlessly. It's a quality made vehicle, and overall the drive and performance is great.
Cons: For several years, I drove a BMW X5 and a Lexus RX350 before purchasing this vehicle. As one reviewer mentioned, it took concentrated maneuvering to get either the Beemer and Lexus into my garage because of their larger size. I bought the GLK thinking it was marginally smaller and therefore not as much trouble to get in and out of the garage. It took a while to notice that it's not just marginally smaller, its tremendously smaller than either the Beemer or the Lexus. In fact, the interior room is so much smaller that I sometime have trouble getting in and out. The leg room in the backseat is a joke. My son is only 5'10", but I had to move all the seats forward when bringing him home after surgery. I couldn't get his size 11 feet into the back comfortably. Not only is there insufficient leg room, but theres no room to just put "stuff". You know- stuff - like things you would normally keep in your glove compartment besides the owner manual. Forget it. This is the smallest glove compartment I've ever seen. The owners manual barely fits. If you have other "stuff" to put there you'd better think of something else. Don't expect to have room in the side pockets or the pockets on the back of the seats either - almost non-existent. The armrest in the middle has some room but not by much.
I'm on the road a lot. While I drive I like to listen to audio books via my Iphone. I expect the bluetooth to pick up the book as soon as I get into the car. That's the way it worked on the previous two vehicles. Not with the GLK. Sometimes my book starts automatically. Sometimes it doesn't. It drives me crazy when I'm on a long stretch of highway and lose the signal. That's happened more than a few times. Driving and trying to manipulate the small letters (I wear reading glasses and can't see as well as I used to) on the dashboard or with the little "wheel" to try to reconnect bluetooth isn't always easy. Just trying to see whether I'm pushing the Navi, Radio, Disc button is beyond my vision and graphics be damned they are not all that intuitive.
It's been a year since I purchased the vehicle. It has less than 6K miles on it. As I now contemplate trading it in, I've found that the value of the car has dropped by at least 35% after only a year. I got 60% on trade for my Lexus - after 5 years! Turns out the GLK doesn't hold it's value. I'm disappointed in that, but you live and learn. Overall, the GLK drives smoothly, accelerates quickly but buyer beware theres a lot of little annoyances that may not make it worth the initial high cost.