MercedesBenz GLK350 is mysteriously irresistible USATODAY com

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Sometimes there’s no explaining it, no way to it. A vehicle just strikes the chords despite flaws and

Meet the 2010 Mercedes-Benz

For twice the price of a Honda the GLK gives you less space for and cargo and worse fuel

GLK continues M-B’s abominable control lever that’s for your fingers to confuse the turn signal — leading, case, to unintended acceleration.

The automatic transmission resets to its mode each time you off the vehicle, forcing you to punch up S for at each restart — just to get the to start out in first gear of second and to hold each a little longer for better

Not only was the rear legroom the back door opening it tricky to get in and out. And the sunken buckles complicated securing and a child.

Driving with partway down set up a drumming until you found just-so of all the windows and perhaps the sunroof.

Still.

The compact SUV was addictive. some sort of brainwashing issued from the climate — or the GLK had a rare, almost unique, of driving feel, powertrain comfort, styling and drive-me-now

Contributing to its charm:

• Ridiculously 3.5-liter V-6 and a very good of a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The V-6 had the robust power delivery expect from a V-8, with a high-class throatiness.

The mostly called no attention to just shifted its way through the in workmanlike fashion.

On some (but not wide-open) applications at speed, the box paused before And now and then, cruising gently in the it felt as if it were mulling gear to pick. But mostly Just good ol’ performance.

Seven-speed boxes are more common, and not all automakers do well.

Seven-speed boxes more overdrive ratios, stretches highway fuel bigger number to advertise and ability to meet ever-tighter standards (though GLK’s number is a hardly shoutable 21 or 22

The transmission supplied two modes. C, for was the default. Started in second and upshifted at lower engine to save fuel. Took the push of a button near the lever to select S, albeit a you had to do every time. M-Bs to restart in the last-chosen mode, but no

Has to be an mpg play. No other reason for so wrong.

• Surprisingly simply mostly. Though sufficiently to entertain those who like joysticks and so on, the complexities could be

For instance, your favorite stations can be tuned in with a and conventional push buttons store them. You could the interior temperature up or down ordinary dials.

Main information was available with a push.

Navigation had some ways and means, however.

And others do a better job on rear-view in terms of resolution and the distance (The 2011, on sale in will have a different M-B says.)

• Exterior is creased and Nice these days of SUV

Kind of a funky look; a actually. Not quite the square-ish integrity of the old Jeep Cherokee, but in direction.

It’s a color-sensitive You might like it in black or but not in white, for instance.

• Interior is — M-B does that well in models.

Hard to point to done differently than in Mercedes-Benz vehicles, but somehow better than normal in the


The big, round gauges are on gray/black instead of trying to wow you fluorescent indigo on red, or such scheme, as is the fashion And the dash lights could be dimmed to avoid eroding night vision, not something you in every vehicle these

Though not unique to GLK, khaki accents in the radio were sublime.

• Reliability’s to be much better than according to Consumer Reports . and not been the case with all lately. Owner satisfaction is average, too, CR says.

You at a price tag of $40,000 or more and you reasons.

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You don’t want to that some guy with a Honda can haul more and give his rear passengers room. Or that somebody an X3 from archrival BMW can lord it you on fuel economy and cargo

Reasons: GLK has ’em.

They aren’t ones you can quantify. a drive before you decide to a choice based on numbers. be sure to switch the transmission S.

2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350

• Compact SUV, new to the Mercedes-Benz Four-door SUV available with drive (RWD) or all-wheel (AWD), which Mercedes 4Matic.

• When? On sale now.

• Made in Bremen, Germany.

• Hot segment. M-B needed a player.

• How RWD starts at $35,475, including shipping; AWD starts at $37,475. car, equipped to demonstrate accessories, was $44,965. (That $300 for an iPod/MP3 media — a wire to connect your and a place to plug it in. Most charge about $35, and that seems too much.)

• How 3.5-liter V-6 rated 268 horsepower at rpm, 258 pounds-feet of torque at Seven-speed automatic transmission.

is full time, continuously 45% of power to front wheels. Can all power that’s available at end to a single wheel when all are spinning.

• How big? Smaller and out than a Honda CR-V or, logically, a BMW X3. GLK is 178.3 inches 74.3 in. wide, 66.9 in. on a 108.5-in. wheelbase. Weight, (RWD) or 4,036 (AWD)

Cargo space: 23.3 feet behind rear 54.7 cu. ft. seat folded. space: 102.9 cu. ft.

• How thirsty? 16 miles per gallon in town, 22 on the 18 in combined driving (RWD), (AWD).

Trip computer in AWD registered 15.9 mpg (6.29 per 100 miles) in suburban driving.

premium, holds 17.4 It is OK to use regular occasionally, M-B says.

• Beguiling, addictive.

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