Intro: How does one instill the attributes of a luxury SUV, in a smaller package, more attuned to city driving? The answer for many drivers may lie in the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class of compact crossover SUV, now in its third year of production.
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.
Performance: The GLK is powered by a 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.i
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy: ii
Features: 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.
The optional Premium package adds features including a dual-panel panoramic sunroof, a one-touch power rear liftgate and Sirius XM Satellite radio. To get the most out of the GLK, we recommend the Multimedia package with Mercedes COMAND system. COMAND features a 7-inch color display, a hard-drive based navigation system, rear view camera, a Harmon/Kardon sound system with Dolby surround sound and a 6-disc CD/DVD changer, all controlled through a dial in the center console.
Safety: Standard safety features on the GLK include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, electronic stability program, electronic traction system, tire pressure monitoring system, rollover sensor, and a full array of front and side-impact airbags.
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is $35,880. An all wheel drive 4MATIC model starts at $37,880. iii
Warranty: The GLK is backed by transferable 4-year, 50,000-mile basic and powertrain warranties.
Summary: With razor-sharp styling, luxury amenities, and proven versatility, the 2012 GLK-Class is a compact crossover ready for whatever the road might bring.