With drivers' needs ever changing, even the luxury sport utility market has evolved. Motorists are now seeking the versatility of an SUV, but in a smaller package, more attuned to city driving. Enter the all-new 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class of compact crossover SUV.
The GLK has the look and feel of a downsized GL-Class, from which its naming convention is derived. Sharp angles conspire with swelling fender flares to create an aggressively styled, 5-passenger city-going sport-ute.
The GLK is powered by a dual overhead cam 3.5-liter V6 that produces 268 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque. Power is sent through a 7-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels or available 4-MATIC full-time 4-wheel drive.
Fuel economy for the GLK ranges from 16 miles per gallon city, up to 22 miles per gallon highway.
Our test model boasted a cutting-edge interior, upholstered in black leather and highlighted with aluminum console trim. Standard features include a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, 8-way power front seats with active head restraints, and dual zone automatic climate control.
Optional equipment on the GLK includes a dual-panel panoramic sunroof, a one-touch power rear liftgate, a 6-disc CD/DVD changer, and Mercedes-Benz's COMMAND system. COMMAND features a 7-inch color display, a hard-drive based navigation system, rear view camera, and a Harmon/Kardon sound system.
Standard safety features on the GLK are plentiful and include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, electronic stability program, 4-wheel electronic traction system, rollover sensor, and front and side-impact airbags.
Base MSRP for the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is $33,900. A fully loaded all wheel drive model will top out at around $52,000. The GLK is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
With aggressive styling, luxury amenities, and versatility standard, the all-new 2010 GLK-Class is a compact crossover ready for whatever the road can throw at it.