• Pleasant ride
  • Plenty of space
  • Great engines
  • Frumpy styling
  • Unimpressive handling
SUM UP New engines breathe new life into this ute.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for GLK-Class in 2013

The GLK benefits from a much-needed freshening for 2013. The V-6 engine is replaced with a more powerful unit, and a 2.1-liter diesel four-cylinder is a new offering in the U.S. The update brings the small Benz’s interior in line with our expectations. All the GLK needs now is to trade its dowdy look for some more stylish duds...more

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 a compact utility vehicle here in the U.S. 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 passenger and cargo space and in outward visibility. The rear seat is roomy, and the driver reaps the benefits of a redesigned interior with a more stylish dashboard and instrument cluster. We don’t, however, count the flimsy gear selector on the steering column as an improvement. It’s all good under the hood, though, where there are two new engines. The 3.5-liter V-6 is a polished, powerful mill with the ability to save fuel by automatically shutting down when the car comes to a stop. Those seeking even greater efficiency will want to opt for the new diesel four-cylinder. Sold as the GLK250 BlueTec, the 2.1-liter engine is suitably lively and well mannered to serve in this $38,000 luxury crossover. The GLK rides comfortably on standard nineteen-inch wheels, but it exhibits too much body roll in corners. The X3 and the Q5 offer better handling and a sporty character that is absent in the Mercedes.

Safety

ABS; front, front side and pelvis, side curtain, and driver’s knee air bags; traction and stability control; and tire-pressure monitoring are standard. Optional equipment includes swiveling headlights, lane-departure warning, blind-spot assist, adaptive cruise control, adaptive high-beams, and active parking assist.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-class

  • Audi Q5
  • BMW X3
  • Infiniti EX37
  • Volvo XC60

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2013 GLK-Class Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Trip Computer
  • Vehicle Information Center

Exterior

  • Privacy Glass
  • Roof Rail

Interior

  • Cargo Cover
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Fog Lights
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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