in 2012 Luxury Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $27,220 - $28,815
Original MSRP: $35,880 - $37,880
MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
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2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Interior

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Most reviewers agree that the interior of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK fits its price tag, though some complain about limited cargo space and a back seat that can be tight for adults. Though cargo and back seat space is smaller than what some competitors offer, reviewers like the GLK’s COMMAND system, which they say is easier to use than similar systems from other automakers.  

  • "The GLK's interior is solidly assembled from generally handsome materials. The standard upholstery is vinyl, but leather is available." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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

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The GLK-Class is made for five passengers, but reviewers say the back seat isn’t a pleasant place for adults to spend time. While the front seats are comfortable and roomy, legroom in the back is cramped. Several reviewers say its fine for kids, but if you frequently transport adults, check out the Volvo XC60 or BMW X3.

  • "Six footers will find generous headroom in back, even under the optional panoramic sunroof. But legroom and knee space is lacking for taller passengers if the front seats are pushed all the way back." -- 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." -- The Wall Street Journal
  • "The driver's seat is well-bolstered and offers a commanding view of the road ahead." -- Popular Mechanics

Interior Features

Considering its sub-$40,000 base price, reviewers are impressed with the equipment inside the GLK. They even say that the COMMAND control system, which uses a single knob to control entertainment and information systems, is easy enough to learn and use. Reviewers tend to complain mightily about similar systems in the competition, but say that COMMAND is one of the better single-knob control systems on the market.

Standard features on the 2012 Mercedes Benz GLK include dual-zone climate control, an iPod/MP3 media interface and Bluetooth. Optional features include navigation, satellite radio and a rearview camera. COMMAND is standard.

  • “Comand's interface is one of the more intuitive ones available." -- Cars.com
  • "The gauges are easy to read. The climate controls incorporate easy to use rotary knobs and clearly marked buttons, and though mounted low, are easy to reach. Simple audio functions are governed by a conventional knob and buttons, but other functions are accessed through a console-mounted controller and a dashtop screen that also serves the optional navigation system. The low-mounted turn signal stalk can take some time to get used to." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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


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. This is small compared with the cargo space in other compact luxury SUVs. There isn't much small-item storage either, but on the plus side, the back seats fold flat, which increases cargo room and makes it easier to load your gear.  

  • "The well-finished cargo area offers good room behind the rear seat, and the seat backs fold easily to provide plentiful space, though do not lay completely flat. Interior small-item storage is unexceptional." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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

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