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Used Car: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Review

Review Last Updated: 10/8/14

Reviewers said the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has a powerful V6 engine and an upscale cabin, but doesn't offer much rear-seat or cargo space.

The Mercedes-Benz GLK350 is powered by a V6 engine that pleased reviewers with its strong acceleration. Some critics said the engine's fuel-saving start-stop system operates imperceptibly, but others said it feels rough when the engine restarts, particularly in constant stop-and-go traffic. GLK250 BlueTec models have a four-cylinder diesel engine. Both engines are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission that test drivers said is responsive. The EPA estimates that the gas-powered GLK350 gets 19/25 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class. The diesel GLK250 BlueTec is rated at 24/33 mpg, which is good for the class. Test drivers agreed that the GLK-Class’ steering is properly weighted, and said it offers composed handling. While some reviewers thought the GLK-Class is comfortable over bumpy roads, others said that road imperfections are a little too noticeable.

Test drivers said the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has first-rate materials. The GLK-Class seats five and comes standard with faux leather upholstery. Reviewers said the seats are comfortable and noted that the faux leather is high-quality. Power-adjustable front seats are standard, and heated front seats and leather upholstery are available. According to most reviewers, the rear seats don't offer much legroom, but they said the front seats are comfortable and offer good visibility in all directions. The 2013 GLK-Class comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, an auxiliary input and Bluetooth. Satellite radio, a rearview camera, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, navigation, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and a Harman Kardon audio system are available. Reviewers said the climate controls are simple, but complained that they're a little too low to reach easily. Some critics also thought the available COMAND system can be confusing. The Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 54.7 cubic feet with them folded, which is less space than most rivals have.

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Other SUVs to Consider

Automotive journalists praised the 2013 Infiniti EX’s incredibly sporty handling and brisk acceleration. They were also pleased with its luxurious cabin materials and easy-to-use climate and navigation controls.

The 2013 BMW X3 has good fuel economy estimates for the class and a bit more cargo space than the GLK-Class. Reviewers liked its powerful base engine and said its seats are roomy in both front and back rows.

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