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Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Interior

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class earns praise for its opulent cabin, which reviewers say includes first-rate materials. They point out that the GLK-Class’ standard leatherette upholstery is hard to distinguish from genuine leather, and some report that headroom and outward visibility are good. However, others complain that the 2015 GLK-Class has a cramped rear row with narrow doors that make it hard to get in and out of. Automotive writers also say the climate controls are mounted too low to be within easy reach, and the navigation system is difficult to use.

  • "The GLK was given a comprehensive mid-cycle update for the previous model year that included … the refined, upscale cabin it should have had from day one." -- Left Lane News
  • "From the pleasing finish of the standard MB-Tex upholstery to the wood and metallic accents seen throughout the cabin, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class looks and feels like a true luxury vehicle on the inside. Indeed, if there is any inexpensive plastic used in the GLK's interior, it's certainly not evident -- not something we can say for every vehicle in this class." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite its entry-level price point (for the brand), the GLK's superb interior fit and finish and high-quality soft-touch materials uphold Mercedes-Benz's reputation for fine craftsmanship. A mild refresh last year brought a cleaner instrument panel and full-width wood trim, a welcome upgrade." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "The standard vinyl upholstery is difficult to tell from the extra-cost real leather. The structure feels solid, and doors close with a reassuring thud." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class seats five and comes standard with a power-adjustable driver’s seat and leatherette upholstery. Leather seats, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are optional. A few test drivers report that there’s plenty of headroom in both rows, and that outward visibility is good all around. Some also appreciate that the front seats offer lots of adjustability, but say the GLK-Class’ seats aren’t as comfortable as some rivals’. Most reviewers complain that the rear seats are short on legroom and can’t comfortably fit three adults. Narrow door openings and wide running boards make the GLK-Class difficult to get out of, they add.

  • "Legroom is tight for adults, and small rear doors make it difficult to exit the vehicle gracefully. Headroom is ample for all, however." -- Edmunds
  • "While the front seats are not quite as comfortable as those in a Lexus RX or Audi Q5, they do feature 8-way adjustability and ample bolstering." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "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 (2013)
  • "There's plenty of headroom and legroom for 6-footers, and the tilt/telescopic steering wheel helps fine tune the driving position. Entry and exit are easy, though the available running boards stick out so far that they can hinder entry and exit, particularly for shorter folks. Visibility is quite good in all directions." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and a 5.8-inch display. Options include Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system with navigation and a 7-inch display, a Harman Kardon stereo system, satellite radio, a panoramic sunroof, a surround view camera system, parallel parking assist, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist and the mbrace telematics system with a six-month subscription.

Reviewers like that there are a variety of ways to control stereo, navigation and phone settings, including a COMAND knob, dashboard buttons and steering wheel controls. Some point out that the infotainment system has straightforward menus. However, a few reviewers think the navigation system, which requires users scroll through the alphabet and numbers to select an address, is tedious to operate. Critics also agree that the climate controls are mounted too low, making them difficult to reach from the driver’s seat.

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  • "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 phone functions. The climate controls are simple to use, but are mounted a little low." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2013)
  • "The infotainment screen has been updated with crisper colors but retains the same user-friendly interface." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "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 (2013)


The GLK-Class has 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 54.7 with the rear seats folded. The GLK-Class' overall cargo space is slightly above average for the class. Although most critics wish the GLK-Class had more cargo room, some appreciate that a low cargo floor makes the GLK-Class easy to load. 

  • "Maximum cargo capacity is a rather skimpy 54.7 cubic feet, highlighting one of the few drawbacks of the 2015 GLK's packaging. That's significantly less cargo capacity than in most other small crossover SUVs." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seat backs fold easily, though the headrests have to be removed before doing so if the front seats are pushed far back. The seat backs lay flat and level with the cargo floor, resulting in a spacious cargo area." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "On the positive side, a low cargo floor eases loading, and there's a bit of underfloor storage. For bulky items, you'll have to remove the cargo cover, another awkward maneuver." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "While it offers plenty of passenger room for five, cargo space suffers slightly. That space also isn't as easy to access as in the smartly designed Acura RDX." -- MSN (2013)
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