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2012 Mercedes GLK-Class GLK 350 SUV

2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Review

(0 Stars)  Tough looks, tired bones.

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Overview
Although the German home market gets to enjoy the C-class in wagon form, Mercedes-Benz has wisely chosen a small SUV to take on the role of compact utility vehicle here in the United States. The GLK-class looks nothing like the C-class on which it's based, of course. The boxy, upright exterior is a departure from its carlike competitors (chiefly, the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5) and gives the GLK an advantage in both passenger and cargo space and in outward visibility. The GLK has one engine--a 268-hp V-6--with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive, and it's not particularly efficient compared to the competition. The GLK also suffers from steering that's a bit sloppy and a transmission that is hesitant to downshift. Its virtues lie in how comfortably it rides and the unusual, if somewhat polarizing, styling. Both the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 offer livelier engines, more composed transmissions, and an endearing, sporty character that is absent in the Mercedes. The interior of the GLK350 is quite stoic compared with a BMW's or an Audi's but offers the usual amenities. The GLK can be outfitted with a power liftgate, memory seats, nineteen-inch wheels, and a 600-watt sound system, among many other toys. An AMG styling package adds twenty-inch wheels, LED running lights, aluminum roof rails, and new fascias.

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2012 GLK 350 SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.5L V six-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 16 MPG city, 21 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 313 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
17.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 268 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 258 ft lb of torque @ 2,400 rpm

'12 Mercedes GLK 350 SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Knee Air Bag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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