2010 MercedesBenz GLK350 Crossover Test drive and new SUV review

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Mercedes’ newest, smallest SUV is of surprises

The all-new 2010 is Mercedes-Benz’s first foray the small SUV market. The GLK is designed to be unique, and affordable, at least by standards. With a starting of $34,775 (including destination), the undercuts Mercedes’ next-smallest the ML350. by over $13,000, and its rival, the BMW X3. by $5,000. But is the 2010 GLK350 an SUV you’d actually to buy? Let’s drive and out. $34,775 base, as tested, EPA fuel economy 16 mpg city, 21 — 22 mpg highway, 4 years/50,000 miles.


Larger Exterior Photos: Rear

My test drive of the was a string of surprises. The first surprise was the GLK’s size. I had seen a GLK in person, and I had assumed it be almost as large as Mercedes’ it certainly looks big and brawny in But when a GLK pulled up next to the RX400h I’d driven to the preview, the mid-size Lexus SUV to tower over it. In fact, the GLK is four inches shorter the C-Class sedan on which it is I like SUVs that are and easy to park, and I could the GLK and I were going to get along fine.

Less of a surprise — but no pleasant — was the GLK’s Rather than build a version of a bigger SUV in their — the route taken by the EX35. BMW X3. Audi Q5. and Acura RDX Mercedes told their to create something unique. The shape was inspired by Mercedes’ G- and SUVs, and there’s a clear from the C-Class sedan. But its long hood, boxy big wheels and strong character the GLK doesn’t look like else on the road. I normally get very excited about when it comes to SUVs, me utility or give me death. But grown weary of all the look-alike roaming our streets, and it’s to see one that stands out — and not in a kind of way. Unique and that’s the GLK — and besides, handsome shape yields of utility.

In the Driver’s Seat

Lots of German-style.

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The GLK’s driving position a good view of the road, but so tall that you feel you’re piloting a Peterbilt. The seats are covered in MB Tex (a.k.a. real leather is a $1,750 I’m not normally a fan of all-black but surprise, surprise: the GLK’s looks fantastic thanks to use of brushed-aluminum trim. It’s nicer than I expected the sub-$35k price. A tan interior burl walnut trim is available. The Germans aren’t for simple controls, but the GLK’s controls are fairly straightforward and the that operates the stereo and navigation system is easy once you get the hang of it.

The back was a surprise, but not a good one. I just enough room for my and little space under the seats for my toes — and was with the front seats for my 5’6 frame. With folks up front, no one over age 10 is to find the back seat comfortable (or even habitable). And in and out is difficult — the door is narrow and I kept thumping my against the front seat. because otherwise it’s a back seat, with of head and shoulder room and a view out, especially the optional panoramic sunroof .

The GLK offers 23.3 cubic of cargo space. less most of its rivals but useful The back seat folds to yield a flat load and 54.7 cubic feet of Load-bearing roof rails are and a 3,500 lb. Class II trailer is a $540 option.

On the Road

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designed the GLK to drive like a and I was surprised at how well they it. The GLK has the same light, direct feel as the C-Class sedan. negligible body lean in The ride is smooth and even, there’s more tire than might be expected. the GLK through the curves and the electronic control system cuts in and authoritatively, arresting any potential before it starts and reining in the power as a stern reminder such tomfoolery will not be Drive smoothly and quickly, and the GLK exhibits as much finesse as a sedan.

The GLK350 is powered by a 268 hp 3.5 liter V6 by a 7-speed automatic transmission. My was a 4Matic all-wheel-drive model, and I the engine had more than power to deal with its curb weight. But with power comes great consumption: The EPA says the GLK350 swills premium gas at the rate of 16 mpg in and 21 on the highway (22 for rear-drive), though my and highway test-driving yielded in the low 20s. Asked about a Mercedes’ PR team said like It’s certainly consideration, Sure would be and That’d make sense PR-speak for It’s coming, but we say so. (One product-planning staffer, who wasn’t supposed to be talking to said they are lobbying to the European-market GLK’s four-cylinder to the US.) Asked about a AMG version, everyone said No way which is PR-speak for No way.

Journey’s End

High roofline to great headroom.

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I was genuinely surprised at how I enjoyed the GLK. Normally, a back seat and crummy gas would be enough to put me off an SUV. Not so the GLK — I like the way it looks, I the way it drives, and I like the price. isn’t chump change, but pretty good for an entry-luxury and very good for a Mercedes. with all the options, the GLK tops out at — not much more a base-model E-Class sedan .

line: Considering the GLK’s tag, I was expecting a stripped-down SUV a three-pointed star slapped on. But the GLK is a Mercedes — stately, and splendid — and a heck of a deal. For buyers for whom the back seat and less-than-frugal aren’t a problem, I highly the GLK. Chances are you’ll be surprised.

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