2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 Bluetec 4Matic Diesel: First Drive

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Small crossovers are all the rage these days, one of the fastest-growing sales segments in the U.S. market at all price points. From the less-expensive Hyundais and Kias at the bottom end to the high-priced luxury versions like the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK, Americans seemingly can't get enough of them.

We reviewed the newly restyled 2013 GLK350 last summer, with News Editor Jennifer Geiger finding it a bit compromised in V-6 form, with a smallish interior, fussy audio and navigation system, and styling that's aimed at a male demographic (making the vehicle's public debut as Samatha's ride in the "Sex and the City" movie somewhat odd).

But now Mercedes-Benz is introducing the second powertrain for the GLK, with the arrival of the GLK250 Bluetec diesel, making the GLK the most fuel-efficient luxury crossover in the country. That suddenly makes the little trucklet a bit more interesting.

By Aaron Bragman | May 2, 2013 | Comments (11)

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Gains HP and MPGs

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Additional horsepower and increased fuel efficiency aren't always mutually exclusive. For the 2013 model year, Mercedes-Benz's refreshed premium compact SUV got both.

The 2013 GLK gets power from last year's 3.5-liter V-6. In the updated model, it makes 302 horsepower, up 34 hp from last year. According the EPA, fuel economy is also up. The 2012 version was rated at 16/21 mpg city/highway and the 2013 model at 19/24 mpg.

Mercedes-Benz says the mpg jump is thanks in part to a new automatic start/stop system and electromechanical steering, which replaces the prior hydraulic setup. When the auto stop/start feature is activated, the car shuts off while stopped and automatically restarts when your foot leaves the brake pedal. It's engaged via a button on the instrument panel. 

The 2013 GLK goes on sale later this summer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | August 3, 2012 | Comments (1)

2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Video

Cars.com Reviewer Mike Hanley recently reviewed the new 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350, and he dutifully filmed a video to help our users learn even more about the new German SUV. A winter drive in Chicago put the heater to the test, but there’s plenty more to go over in the GLK. Check out the video for Hanley’s take, including what he thinks you’d realistically end up spending on the Benz SUV.

By Stephen Markley | March 10, 2009 | Comments (1)

Reader Review of the Week: 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Reader ReviewAlexMD from Maine just purchased a new 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, and he’s already finding it useful in the inhospitable New England winters. As for qualms, he has only a minor one. Read his full review after the jump, then be sure to let us know how you feel about your car by posting your own review here.

By Stephen Markley | February 19, 2009 | Comments (0)

Mercedes-Benz Prices New GLK SUV

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It’s been so long since the all-new 2010 GLK SUV debuted in the “Sex and the City” movie that we’d almost forgotten all about it. Today, Mercedes-Benz decided to release the starting price of the GLK350: $33,900, not including an $875 destination fee.

That’s for the rear-wheel-drive model, which won’t go on sale until April. However, the all-wheel-drive model, which will start at $35,900, will go on sale in January. We’d guess more buyers will be interested in the all-wheel-drive model.

The price is a few thousand less than the all-wheel-drive-only BMW X3, which starts at $39,400. Land Rover’s LR2 also comes with only all-wheel drive and starts at $35,375.

The small, luxury SUV segment is getting crowded, and it may be the wrong time to introduce another one. But Mercedes has done well with its other SUVs in the past few years, so perhaps the GLK will be another success.

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By David Thomas | November 26, 2008 | Comments (2)

2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 Details, Photos

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  • Competes with: Acura RDX, BMW X3, Land Rover LR2, Infiniti EX35, Audi Q5
  • Looks like: The “concept” we saw months ago
  • Drivetrain: 268 hp 3.5-liter six cylinder engine, seven-speed automatic transmission, two and four-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: January 2009

Audi dropped the veil on the new Q5 compact SUV earlier this week. Now, Mercedes-Benz has revealed details about the U.S.-bound version of its all-new BMW X3 competitor, the GLK 350.

Mercedes is giving us solid numbers: 268 hp, 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds, 23 mpg on the highway (exactly what the X3 and LR2 get) and 54.7 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats folded, which is just a bit less than the LR2. 

What sets the GLK apart from the X3, LR2 and upcoming Audi Q5 is that it will be available in both two-wheel- and four-wheel-drive models. The others come standard with all-wheel drive. For the buyer just interested in the luxury and utility of the GLK, the two-wheel drive should cost less than the competition.

19-inch wheels, Bluetooth, power seats and dual-zone climate control come standard but almost everything else is optional. There are five — count ‘em, five — option packages and nine stand-alone options covering everything from a panoramic sunroof, power liftgate, navigation, leather seats, etc. We’ll have to weigh in on the value of the GLK when pricing is announced, but with so many options and two-wheel drive, the starting MSRP could be significantly lower than its competition. More photos below.

By David Thomas | April 22, 2008 | Comments (67)

2008 Detroit Auto Show Video: Mercedes-Benz GLK

Kelsey Mays not only got to interview the head of Mercedes-Benz, he also took a close-up look at the GLK concept. Not only do you get moving pictures, you also get some insight into what type of engines this diesel prototype might have when it goes on sale in the U.S.

By David Thomas | January 14, 2008 | Comments (0)

Up Close: Mercedes-Benz GLK Concept

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Amid modish artwork and 1920s brass - yeah, try that for a combo - Mercedes had a Vision GLK concept on display for journalists in Detroit last night. We've had official details on the near-production SUV for more than week (see the original post here) but this was the first one we've seen in the flesh.

At first glance, the GLK seems promising. Its boxy styling stands out amid the welter of teardrop-shaped SUVs out there, with a high roofline and much chunkier face than, say, an Acura RDX or an Infiniti EX35. The whole thing recalls a shrunken GL-Class, which isn't a bad thing, and the tall windows make for excellent sightlines from the driver's seat.

The interior is pretty close to production-ready, though the striped cebrano wood and bright-white leather seats probably won't make the cut. The dashboard's twin cowls remind us of the S-Class, and here they're covered in leather stitching. It's an upscale touch that we hope makes it to production.

We spoke with Mercedes engineer Uwe Skrzypek, who said the concept's Bluetec four-cylinder diesel won't be included when the production GLK arrives here in early 2009. It seems the only diesels fitted for U.S. buyers have been V-6s so far, he said, and so the GLK will likely draw power from either the C300 or C350's gas V-6.

Speaking of the C-Class: Mercedes confirmed the introduction of a C-Class coupe, marketed to the same first-time Mercedes buyers as the previous C230 hatch, at the Geneva auto show in March. Naturally, Skrzypek remained mum on details. We'll let you know if we hear more.

By Kelsey Mays | January 12, 2008 | Comments (6)

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