2010 MercedesBenz GLKClass Auto Review

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Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

and smartly-sized and priced premium SUV

James M. Flammang on 03.11.2009

another SUV-even a crossover-in the of a frightfully distressed economy not seem like the wisest Mercedes-Benz would beg to disagree, that the new GLK-Class falls the premium compact category, removed from the German other offerings. Marketers strong growth in the entry-level SUV which the GLK clearly occupies. Glaser, general manager for management, explained that the GLK350 doesn’t look a small M-Class, referring to the best-selling SUV, as redesigned for Neither is it a smaller version of the

Styling Space

Aluminum the GLK interior, except when upholstery is installed. In that burl walnut substitutes for Full leather upholstery is an Rear seats in the five-passenger fold flat. Cargo totals 54.7 cubic with the back seats and 23.3 cubic feet all seats in the raised position.

Safety Performance

Just one is offered: a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 produces 258 pound-feet of torque, a seven-speed automatic transmission. A dual exhaust system is Fuel economy is good for its though not exactly frugal. The Protection Agency (EPA) the two-wheel-drive GLK350 an estimate of 16 mpg in driving and 22 mpg on the highway. Full-time all-wheel drive (AWD) the highway figure to 21 mpg. distribution with AWD is 45 percent to wheels and 55 percent to the rears. capacity can reach 3,500 Mercedes-Benz estimates 0-60 mph in a brisk 6.5 seconds.

Safety is a significant selling with six airbags as well as an Stability Program, traction antilock braking, and Brake that enhances halting in situations. Adaptive Brakes Hill Start Assist, Dry and Pre-Pressure operation. Agility is Mercedes’ name for its automatic-adjusting which is called purely

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Standard equipment includes power driver and passenger dual-zone climate control, glass, fog lamps, a leather-wrapped wheel, and a five-inch display With the Multimedia package, a screen occupies that

Nothing is perfect in the automotive but the GLK350 comes closer most to that utopian Most of the dubious details are on other Mercedes-Benz products as led by the cruise-control stalk’s confusing right above the turn-signal Nearly everyone seems to hit stalk now and then when to use the turn signal.

Touch the gas at a standstill and the V-6 delivers an abundance of energy. Push a trifle and the GLK effortlessly heads toward speed, with impressive Passing power isn’t in supply, either, unless traveling uphill.

Gliding past most imperfections with comparative the GLK yields a generally excellent Some body motion noticeable on harsher pavement, but seldom troubling. Responding to the driver’s requests at the steering regardless of speed, the GLK350 rather flat through Just-right steering feel confident control, and the GLK feels light on its feet-quite in contrast to the Mercedes sensation of feeling Quiet running is another apart from a possible of wind noise emanating around the windshield pillars. when accelerating vigorously, a light engine snarl can be

Seats are serious yet pleasantly with bottoms that are long for effective thigh complemented by ample back and helpful (but not confining) bolstering. The driver enjoys views all around. Instruments not be the easiest to read at a quick but they’re clearly above in legibility. Mercedes-Benz’s information and screen isn’t as large as competitors’, but it’s high-mounted and clear. Climate controls, on the hand, are too low to be reached easily.

On sale in January 2009, the with rear-wheel drive for $33,900 (plus an $875 charge), making it the least Mercedes-Benz crossover/SUV. Mercedes’ all-wheel drive adds to the price. Only eight options are available, including aluminum running boards, front seats, and Parktronic assistance. Dual-screen rear-seat costs about $1,500 Five option packages are too. Half of GLKs are for the U.S. market. (www.mbusa.com)

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

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