2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Review
Reviewers agree that the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has a powerful V6 engine, comfortable, composed handling and a high-end interior. However, they say poor fuel economy and a cramped interior limit its appeal.
The base GLK has a standard 302-horsepower, V6 engine, a seven-speed automatic transmission and stop/start technology, which idles the engine when the GLK stops to conserve fuel. Overall, test drivers like the V6 engine’s power. Some critics think the start/stop system is unrefined and others say the transmission is slow to downshift. All-wheel drive is optional with either engine. According to the EPA, the GLK averages 19/25 mpg city/highway without all-wheel drive and 19/24 mpg with all-wheel drive. Though several car critics say the GLK’s rivals have sportier handling, they also say that the GLK has a car-like ride, which they like.
The Mercedes-Benz GLK meets critic's expectations with a cabin that’s both well-made and stylish. The base model lacks features, such as an iPod interface and leather seats, that are standard on many competitors. Still, some test drivers think the faux leather seats are nice, and say it’s hard to tell that the seats aren’t covered in real leather. One thing auto writers complain about is the GLK’s lack of interior space. They find that the front-row seats are spacious, comfortable and offer outstanding visibility, but think the second-row seats are tight for a compact SUV. Reviewers are also disappointed that the GLK has less cargo space than many of its rivals.
- "It's a comfortable vehicle with classy styling and a considerably upgraded interior." -- AutoWeek
- "Mercedes-Benz offers a suite of vehicles that are comfortable, capable, refined ... and fussy, and the 2013 GLK-Class is no exception." -- Cars.com
- "Neither the roomiest nor the cheapest, the 2013 Mercedes GLK350 is nonetheless a sophisticated and impressively built compact SUV that should satisfy discerning luxury buyers." -- 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
Other SUVs to Consider
The Audi Q5 doesn’t have a standard V6 engine, but one is optional. Even if you choose the Q5’s base turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, reviewers say you will be pleased with the Q5’s acceleration and fuel economy ratings. The Q5 comes with standard leather seats, as opposed to the GLK’s standard faux leather upholstery. It also has more cargo room and more comfortable rear seats than the GLK, according to reviewers.
To save a few thousand dollars, check out the Acura RDX. Though the RDX can’t match the GLK’s performance, its spacious cabin and roomy cargo area make it more practical. The RDX has a lot of standard features, which includes a moonroof, and like the Q5, test drivers report that it has plenty of cargo space and roomy front and rear seats.
Details: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
The 2013 Mercedes GLK seats five and comes with standard rear-wheel drive. Two trims are available: GLK350 and GLK250 BlueTEC, which is new for 2013. The GLK350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the GLK250 comes with a turbocharged 2.1-liter diesel engine. Both models have a seven-speed automatic transmission, and are available with all-wheel drive. Other changes for 2013 include a more powerful base engine in the GLK350, updated interior styling and a revised list of standard and optional features.