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in 2010 Luxury Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $22,903 - $24,054
Original MSRP: $34,600 - $36,600
MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
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2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Interior

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Reviewers have varied opinions regarding the interior of the 2010 GLK-Class. Some praise its long list of equipment, while others complain about materials quality. On the downside, reviewers aren't entirely impressed with the GLK's cargo capabilities and rear seats.

  • "The interior is what you'd expect from Mercedes with clean simple lines and monochromatic color scheme. All the touch points are solid and easy to reach. Gauges and controls are simple yet attractive, and I particularly appreciate the digital info screen housed within the speedometer." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "The GLK's interior basically repackages the features found on the C350 in a blocky, chunky package that is more than a little retrospective of Mercedes-Benz dashboards from the 1980s-upright and full of 45-degree angles-and although some found it cheap-looking, just as many of us thought it looked pretty cool." -- Car and Driver
  • "The GLK's interior is solidly assembled from handsome materials. The standard upholstery is vinyl, but leather is available." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The chief complaint in the GLK, and a minor one, is that the cabin doesn't feel as richly appointed as some Benz vehicles, and the retro-ish styling doesn't help." -- The Car Connection
  • "I'm not normally a fan of all-black interiors, but surprise, surprise: the GLK's cabin looks fantastic thanks to liberal use of brushed-aluminum trim. It's much nicer than I expected given the sub-$35k price." -- About.com

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Seating

The GLK-Class is made for five passengers, but reviewers say it can't comfortably deliver on that promise. While the front seats are comfortable and roomy, the rear seats leave much to be desired -- a common complaint in the compact SUV class. Many reviewers find them cramped for even average-size adults.

Competitors with more spacious rear seats include the Volvo XC60 and BMW X3. A big plus for families in the GLK, however, is the standard MB-TEX front and rear upholstery. It's a vinyl material that looks and feels like leather, but holds up better over time and is easy to clean. Full leather is optional, though pricey -- it costs $1,750.

To see how the GLK's seats fare, check out our GLK video.

  • "The 178-inch-long, four-door GLK can seat five tall adults, although the center of the rear seat is too stiff to make the interior comfortable for more than four occupants." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "The [front] seats are supportive and comfortable, even for larger adults. Headroom and legroom are ample for six footers, and the tilt and telescopic steering wheel helps fine tune the driving position. Easy entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The GLK's rear seat isn't huge, but there is enough room for the backpack-toting children to get into their bulky safety seats easily, and space for me to lean in and buckle their seatbelts without feeling cramped." -- Wall Street Journal
  • "The back seat was a surprise, but not a good one. I found just enough room for my knees and little space under the front seats for my toes -- and that was with the front seats adjusted for my 5'6" frame. With taller folks up front, no one over age 10 is going to find the back seat very comfortable (or even habitable)." -- About.com
  • "The driver's seat is well-bolstered and offers a commanding view of the road ahead." -- Popular Mechanics

Interior Features

Considering its sub-$40K base price, reviewers are impressed with the equipment inside the 2010 GLK-Class. However, they aren't all fans of the COMAND interior control system, even despite the fact that it's been improved recently. The system operates the entertainment and navigation systems, but many reviewers find it overly confusing to learn and nearly impossible (and unsafe) to use while driving. For families with children, a rear-seat entertainment system is optional for $1,880 and provides two eight-inch LCD screens.

For more information about the GLK's interior features, check out our GLK video.

  • "Standard equipment is fairly lavish, with dual-zone climate control, eight-way power front seats, an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, a vast panoramic sunroof, and a multifunction, leather-wrapped steering wheel." -- Car and Driver
  • "What isn't included are some fairly basic features I'd expect at a luxury level. However, this a la cart menu is typical of a Mercedes. Here's a heads up for you on some of those items you'll have to pay extra for: an iPod integration kit ($375), park assist ($790), heated front seats ($740) and any color of exterior paint other than red, white or black ($720)." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "While the COMAND control knob operates much like BMW's iDrive, the system is more user-friendly. Unfortunately, Mercedes has placed the knob at an odd angle behind the gear select lever, requiring an uncomfortable reach. Moving it just an inch farther forward, away from the edge of the armrest, would help immensely." -- Truck Trend
  • "The Germans aren't much for simple controls, but the GLK's climate controls are fairly straightforward and the dial that operates the stereo and (optional) navigation system is easy enough once you get the hang of it." -- About.com

Cargo

Reviewers have mixed opinions on the GLK's cargo capabilities. It provides 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use and 54.7 cubic feet with the rear row folded down. These capacities pale in comparison to major competitors, including the BMW X3 and Acura RDX. There isn't much interior storage, either. A plus is the optional power liftgate, which could be a big help when you're juggling grocery bags and kids. However, you'll have to shell out for the $3,000 Premium I package to get it.

To see how the GLK handles cargo, check out our GLK video.

  • "The well-finished cargo area offers good room behind the rear seat, and the seat backs easily fold flat to provide plentiful space. Interior small-item storage is unexceptional." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A large rear hatch has a chrome load sill that prevents luggage scuffing and allows easy cargo loading. Nice touch. Rear seatbacks flip forward to significantly enlarge the cargo area." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Surprisingly, up front the GLK is short on storage cubbies and shelves for stashing your cell phone and other small cargo; they're relegated to the center console cup holders, which your passengers may not appreciate." -- Truck Trend
  • "The GLK offers 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space, less than most of its rivals but useful enough. The back seat folds down to yield a flat load floor and 54.7 cubic feet of space." -- About.com
  • "Accessories include load-securing rings to fasten down luggage, bag hooks, coat hooks in the tailgate trim, a 12-volt power outlet and lamp. Another nice trick is an additional storage compartment under the fold-up load compartment floor that splits into smaller partitions by a removable storage tub." -- MyRide

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