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MSRP: $37,480 - $39,480
Invoice: $34,856 - $36,716
MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Review

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class ranks 8 out of 12 Luxury Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Automotive writers say the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has an upscale interior and gets great fuel economy with its available diesel engine, but its meager rear legroom and cargo space make it a less-than-ideal family hauler.

The 2014 GLK-Class is available with a gas-powered V6 in the GLK350, which test drivers say makes the GLK feel quite fast. Reviewers say the turbodiesel GLK250 doesn't accelerate as quickly as the GLK350, but the GLK250 does get great fuel economy for the class with an EPA-estimated 24/33 mpg city/highway. Fuel economy with the gas-powered V6 is a bit low for the class, at 19/25 mpg. The GLK has a seven-speed automatic transmission that reviewers report is responsive and shifts smoothly. Some auto journalists write that the GLK-Class is sporty and nimble, while others say that rivals are both more agile and deliver a more compliant ride. Still, test drivers say the GLK’s steering is accurate and well-weighted and its brakes offer plenty of bite.

Reviewers write that the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has a high-quality interior that looks and feels upscale, and features real wood and metal trim. Some reviewers note that the five-seat GLK has less cargo space than its rivals, though others say the cargo space is useful. Some test drivers report that entering an address into the navigation system is needlessly complicated, but others say that the central control knob and redundant buttons for stereo and climate controls are fairly easy to acclimate to. Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, Bluetooth and a six-speaker stereo. Major options include a Harman/Kardon stereo system, navigation, Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, blind spot monitoring and a backup camera.

  • "If you foresee often having a steady flow of rear-seat passengers, roomier rivals like the 2014 Acura RDX, 2014 Audi Q5 and 2014 BMW X3 are worth considering as alternatives. If, however, you're set on parking a Mercedes-Benz crossover in your driveway, there's no denying that the 2014 GLK-Class looks and feels special. Moreover, it goes down the road with a top-to-bottom solidity that no competitor in this class can totally match." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK is opulent enough to announce your success, but also versatile enough to actually be useful. Whether it's a weekend at the ski lodge or down by the lake, the GLK will get you there in style and comfort. ... Choose an Audi Q5 or Lexus RX and you'll still be driving a status symbol but for less money and with more interior room. Land Rover's Evoque makes more of a visual statement, while BMW's X3 is more fun to drive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The GLK's 2013 freshening brings some improvements and new safety features that make it a stronger contender in this class. However, one problem remains: Base prices are rather high, and many expected features are extra-cost items that can quickly inflate the bottom line. Still, this luxury 4-door wagon should appeal to buyers seeking brand prestige in a smaller SUV." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Buyers shopping this segment expect a just-right blend of luxury, comfort and technology. Choose your options carefully, and the Mercedes-Benz GLK delivers ... if you can overlook its quirks." -- Cars.com (2013)

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Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers praise the Audi Q5 for its upscale interior and refined driving dynamics. The Q5 has more cargo space than the GLK, and it offers a diesel engine option that gets great fuel economy for the class.

The Acura RDX has great cargo space for the class, and reviewers say it has a comfortable, composed ride. It also gets better fuel economy than the V6-powered GLK350 and comes standard with leather seats, which are not standard on the GLK.

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Details: 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has seating for five and comes in two trims. The GLK250 comes standard with all-wheel drive and is powered by a turbodiesel 2.1-liter four-cylinder engine, while the GLK350 has standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6. Both engines are paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The GLK was introduced for the 2010 model year and was significantly overhauled last year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 and 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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