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MSRP: $37,900 - $39,900
Invoice: $35,247 - $37,107
MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Review

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class ranks 12 out of 15 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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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class offers an opulent cabin and an optional diesel model with great fuel economy, reviewers say, but it also has a firm ride and limited back-seat space.

Automotive journalists are impressed with the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK350’s V6 engine, which they say is plenty powerful and delivers spry acceleration. Still, several reviewers prefer the available diesel-powered GLK250 BlueTEC for its impressive power delivery and superb fuel economy estimates. The base GLK350 earns an EPA-estimated 19/26 mpg city/highway, which is below average for the class. However, with 24/33 mpg city/highway, the diesel-powered GLK250 earns better fuel economy estimates than most rivals. Both models come with a seven-speed automatic transmission that test drivers say shifts seamlessly, and they praise the 2015 GLK-Class’ stable handling and sharp steering. Still, some critics caution that some drivers might find its ride quality to be too firm.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has an elegant cabin that features top-notch materials and excellent fit and finish, reviewers say. They note that even its standard leatherette upholstery is difficult to distinguish from genuine leather. Some reviewers think there’s plenty of headroom in both rows, and that outward visibility is good. However, others say the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has a tight rear seat with narrow doors, making it difficult to get in and out of the vehicle. A few critics also complain that the GLK-Class’ front seats aren’t as comfortable as competitors’. Standard features include a six-speaker stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and a 5.8-inch display screen. Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system with navigation and a 7-inch display, a Harman Kardon stereo system, satellite radio, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, parallel parking assist and blind spot monitoring are optional. Reviewers appreciate the COMAND system’s crisp display, and that stereo, navigation and phone settings can be adjusted with steering wheel controls and dashboard buttons. However, some find the navigation system requires you to scroll through the alphabet and numbers to input addresses, which makes it tedious to use. The climate controls are hard to reach, reviewers say. With 54.7 cubic feet of cargo space, the 2015 GLK-Class’ cargo room is just above average for the class, and reviewers say its low cargo floor makes it easy to load items.

  • “Many of the same high-tech features seen in Mercedes' big-money models are available in the GLK, though mostly as options so as to keep the base price of the GLK attractive to a wider swath of luxury brand intenders. That said, checking off a few option packages can very quickly boost the bottom line by 8-10 grand. The other demerits levied against the Benz include its rather small backseat and cargo areas, and small rear doors that make it difficult for taller adults to get in and out of that rear seat." -- Edmunds
  • "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

The Volvo XC60 has a large cargo hold, and reviewers say it has one of the roomiest rear seats in the class. Test drivers praise the XC60’s nimble handling and powerful turbocharged base engine.

According to reviewers, the BMW X3 offers sporty handling and powerful engines that produce quick acceleration. Additionally, the X3 earns great fuel economy estimates for the class, and critics report that it has a roomy cabin with plenty of cargo space. 

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Details: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has seats for five and comes in two trims. The GLK250 BlueTEC comes standard with all-wheel drive and is powered by a turbodiesel 2.1-liter four-cylinder engine. The GLK350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine and standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. Both engines are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The GLK-Class was significantly overhauled for 2013 but has not been fully redesigned since it was introduced for the 2010 model year. Since it sees no major changes for 2015, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 12/17/14

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