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First Drive: 2012 Benz GLK 350

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on 08.21.2011 12:00 by Thomas 4

In the world of mid-size mom mobiles, is often a hard thing to When you examine the field fit in the background as opposed to the centerfold. As Franklin once said A is not a home unless it contains and fire for the mind as well as the Most of the luxury mid size fail to deliver this and fire to the consumer. This of indifference ended when we to the parking lot and gazed at the 2012 Benz GLK 350 .

What struck us this is the graceful angles of the GLK set it apart from the rest of the Although the GLK has only been in since 2009, it has taken from others in the field. The looks like it can stand up to Lab and yet also haul the kids to in the morning. The teflon interior is comfortable which makes early morning commute kids in tow that much bearable. On top of all this utility, you get some sport in your SUV that!). The GLK makes the most tasks like merging the interstate quite fun. you press the loud pedal you are surprised and the engine emits a bark akin to Tom Waits a seal.


Every time we out to the GLK we can’t help but smile. It does stick out on the road. the GLK is angular, it does not fall the trend of making a car look a Frank Lloyd Wright gone awry. These are particularly on the hood. Mercedes has the idea from the GL’s and made the hood line downwards and all the lines lead to the At the same time these lines are combined with a square stance. The particular we tested was also equipped 20 5 wheels( Part of the $1,990 AMG and added to the presence of this The high door line gave the illusion of added If we had to sum up the exterior in two words it would be: compromise. Mercedes has made vehicle something special in the by keeping a somewhat standard and making it eye catching.


As soon as we laid on the interior, an aura of opulence us. We were surrounded by beautiful inlays. This test came with two packages and Multimedia). The Premium package makes this interior better. As we drove around Southern California we realized the sunroof is worth its weight in This package also XM radio, that made the LA traffic jam that much bearable. It also added a lift gate which unloading mounds of gear much easier. The GLK easily all this gear thanks to the that, with the rear folded flat, there was an 54.7 cu.ft of space. The elements of the Premium package auto dimming rear mirrors as well as 10 way power We also found the compass in the very helpful when we in Downtown Los Angeles.

The other package installed on our was the Multimedia package ($3,000) was the icing on the cake. This gave us the Command system, we found the interface easy to use and the (7 in.) easy to read. system also came XM/ Sirius traffic which was brilliant and anyone who lives in California needs to get this This system also for seamless Ipod integration combined with the standard system, was great.

In addition to the features we found, the GLK was also at people hauling. Even as we around on pavement that has better days, the seats supportive but comfortable. The one complaint is our optional 20’ wheels generated a amount of road noise. we took on passengers they out they had plenty of space. is because the GLK rear row features inches of leg room and 39.7 of head room. Even the intrusion of the panoramic sunroof, passengers won’t feel

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The interior of the GLK 350 is one that every car should learn from. The in which all the controls were and the quality of the materials and electronics outstanding.


Originally, were built and valued for off road prowess and not for their performance. Lately, SUV’s are built with a fair bit of prowess with the aim of tackling the jungle. The GLK suspension helps in task. The suspension consists of 4 independent multi-link and shock that are constantly adjusted via a called AGILITY CONTROL. suspension surprised us because on it looks like a brilliant In practice, particularly in the city, we dismayed by the fact that we feel the suspension work the ride a bit.

Although the GLK had speed sensitive steering, especially when a sharp corner, the steering numb. It felt like the had been given Novocaine. The one we loved about the GLK was the fact its engine and transmission are a world duo. The first half of duo is the 3.5 liter aluminum head overhead cam (DOHC) V6 that 268 horsepower and 258 lbs/ft of torque. engine also features direct injection in addition to a sensor’. The V6 was like an automotive if you wanted to play Schumacher, it was than happy to oblige, yet if sensible side showed up, it was than happy to cruise. you decide to play Schumacher and your foot, you’ll see the GLK will hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Its transmission was a stunning piece of engineering. seven speed automatic felt clunky or slow to


We like the feisty from its rambunctious engine to the interior. The problem is this be a case of ’too little, too because the market is awash competition. We see the GLK 350’s main as the BMW X3 28i and the Audi Q5. This all-German pegs the GLK350 at $800 than a comparably equipped X3 vs. $44,125) and the Audi Q5 was the most ($45,050). Out of these three one provides a home and food for the the Mercedes Benz GLK350.

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