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2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Review

Looks like an off-roader but really isn't

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is a compact luxury crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) that is the carmaker's smallest utility vehicle. Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 268 horsepower engine coupled with a seven-speed automatic transmission, the GLK is offered with optional all-wheel drive. It has 23.3-cubic-feet of cargo space just behind the second seat row in the rear and can tow as much as 3500 pounds.

The GLK is fitted with an independent suspension and adaptive suspension, which allows the vehicle to offer sport mode and ride comfort. Exceptional in terms of handling, the GLK sports a unibody construction, like most vehicles in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. However, the SUV is one of the least efficient off-roaders the carmaker manufacturers, getting only 16 mpg city / 21 mpg highway in fuel efficiency.

New for 2011

For 2011, the changes inside the Mercedes GLK-Class include a new premium leather steering wheel and a headlight control switch. In addition, the GLK now offers a knee airbag, pelvic airbags, and a rearview camera. The AMG sport package includes AMG bumpers, 20-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, and aluminum roof rails.

Essentials

Engine: 3.5L V-6
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Body Style: Crossover SUV
Trim: GLK350 Sport Utility

On the Outside

The Mercedes GLK-Class is the most rugged looking SUV in the entry-level luxury segment. While the GLK comes with 19-inch wheels, the optional 20-inch wheels make it look taller than it really is.

From the Inside

Standard on the Mercedes GLK are features such as eight-way power front seats, dual-zone climate control with dust filter, 5.0-inch display, eight-speaker audio system, and tilt/telescoping wheel. Options include panoramic sunroof, surround sound, and a navigation system.

Driving Performance

The 2011 GLK-Class is powered by a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine which gets the SUV from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds and past the quarter mile mark in 15.1 seconds at 91.8 mph. The Mercedes GLK only needs 118 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is the best in its class. However, despite excellent chassis dynamics, the steering is a bit numb.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Mercedes GLK-Class include driver and passenger front airbags, head curtains, side airbags (in front-seat backrests), driver knee, and dual front pelvic airbags. Also standard are stability control, discs with ABS and brake assist, and traction control.

Gas Mileage

GLK350: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Rugged SUV styling
  • Great chassis dynamics
  • Fast acceleration
  • Gorgeous cabin

Minuses

  • Numb steering
  • Cramped rear middle seat
  • Single engine option
  • Limited off-road capability

Rating

Looks like an off-roader but really isn't

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