in 2013 Luxury Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $30,052 - $32,101
Original MSRP: $37,090 - $39,090
MPG: 19 City / 25 Hwy
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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Interior

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The automotive press likes the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK’s high-quality and attractive interior, but they complain that its interior technology is hard to use. They also think that the GLK’s second-row seats are tight for the class and that cargo space is limited for a luxury compact SUV.

  • "The GLK's interior is solidly assembled from handsome materials -- including an expanse of standard wood trim covering the dashboard face -- and has a much more modern look than before. The standard vinyl upholstery is difficult to tell from the extra-cost real leather." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "What haven't changed are the GLK's top-notch materials, tight panel fits and precise build quality." -- Edmunds 
  • "Annoyances like complicated multimedia controls, a smaller-than-average cargo area and a clumsy automatic stop/start system undermine the otherwise appealing 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 SUV." -- Cars.com

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The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK seats five and comes with eight-way, power-adjustable front seats and faux leather upholstery. Critics say there is a lot of front-seat head- and legroom, and that front and rear visibility are very good. Though reviewers say the rear seats offer good headroom, they complain that the rear seats are cramped for the class and don’t offer much legroom.

  • "There's plenty of headroom and legroom for 6-footers, and the tilt/telescopic steering wheel helps fine tune the driving position. … Visibility is quite good in all directions." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Some shoppers might lament that leather upholstery isn't standard equipment, but the standard MB-Tex upholstery (technically vinyl) actually breathes better than leather, wears better over time and your friends will never tell the difference." -- Edmunds
  • "The back seats, on the other hand, are a bit cramped." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "The back seat is small, even by today's standards. Officially, it seats five but it's really like four and a half, and even an average-sized adult will find his or her knees squished." -- AutoWeek 

Interior Features

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, an auxiliary audio jack and Bluetooth. An iPod interface, satellite radio, a rearview camera, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system and navigation are optional. Safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning are also optional.

Many auto writers say that with the optional COMAND infotainment system, the GLK’s buttons and knobs are hard to use. In particular, one test driver says that the infotainment system’s knob, which is used to enter information into the navigation system, is frustrating because you can only select letters and numbers individually. Reviewers think the climate controls are simple, but say they are hard to reach because they’re located low on the dashboard.

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  • "The infotainment screen has been updated with crisper colors but retains the same user-friendly interface." -- Forbes 
  • "Cabin controls are a little complicated at first, but the combination of dashboard buttons, steering wheel controls and the multifunction COMAND knob provide a reasonable solution for the operation of the complicated stereo, navigation and telephone functions. The climate controls are simple to use, but are mounted a little low in the GLK." -- Edmunds 
  • "Operating the available navigation system is equally frustrating. You're required to dial through the alphabet to pick off each number and letter of an address. In the end, I opted for the fast and sane choice: the navigation app on my smartphone." -- Cars.com
  • "The climate controls consist of rotary knobs and clearly marked buttons, but they're mounted low in a vertical panel that makes them difficult to see and reach." -- Consumer Guide


The Mercedes-Benz GLK has 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 54.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Reviewers agree that the GLK has considerably less cargo space than rivals like the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60, but they’re divided over its interior storage. One auto writer thinks that the available cubbies are better than the ones in the 2012 GLK, while another thinks interior storage is limited.

  • "Interior storage is much improved. The former console-mounted shift lever has been exchanged for a flipper on the steering column, which makes room for a handy added storage bin in the console." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Of course, nothing has been done to enlarge the backseat and cargo area, however, which remains smaller than most competitors. That's why families might consider the more spacious Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60. Yet for those who are single or whose kids have left the nest (or not yet arrived in it), the GLK is now an even more appealing choice." -- Edmunds
  • "Small-item storage in the cabin is meager, highlighted by a tiny center-console box and a small bin under the instrument panel." -- Cars.com

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