- Mercedes-Benz’s entry-level SUV, seats five passengers
- Two models, GLK250 Bluetec (diesel) and GLK350 (gasoline V-6)
- Sharp styling inside and out
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class returns after getting a slew of updates last year with the same bold styling and luxurious trappings that make it a big contender in the competitive luxury compact SUV class.
In 2013, the GLK-Class received an extensive refresh that included changes inside and out, as well as under the hood where two new powertrains (one gas, one diesel) not only added power but enhanced fuel economy as well.
The five-seat GLK-Class is offered in two models: GLK250 Bluetec (diesel) and GLK350, which has a more conventional gas-powered V-6.
Outside, the five-seat GLK-Class gets unique styling when compared to Mercedes’ larger SUV offerings, instead opting for a look that’s more in line with the passenger car division. Sharp lines adorn the front and sides, and its very upright stance is even more prevalent when juxtaposed with the softer features of the M-Class. Up front, LED daytime running lights get chrome surrounds and two silver bars surround the lower air inlet and give the GLK-Class a brash, recognizable nose. As with most of Mercedes’ vehicles, an AMG appearance package which adds more aggressive bodywork and other styling touches is optional.
Under the hood, the GLK350 gets a 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 which employs an auto-idle shutoff system which turns the engine off at stops to conserve fuel. The GLK250 Bluetec gets a 190-hp, biturbo 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel that makes 369 pounds-feet of torque. Both come with a seven-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is optional).
Inside, the GLK-Class has plenty of upscale materials and several prominent circular air vents that have a retro look and feel to them. The entire cabin feels like a weird pairing of old-world luxury and new-world technology, with wood trim pieces flanked by a pair of color displays, one 4.5-inch color display in the instrument panel and a second 5.8-inch display in the dash which displays info for the audio and climate control systems. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, powered front seats, leatherette upholstery, HD radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. Heated seats, a Harman Kardon surround-sound system, and a 7-inch dashboard screen with a navigation system and backup camera are optional. The five-seat GLK-Class has a maximum cargo volume of 54.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is on the lower side of the segment.
Safety is a priority at Mercedes-Benz and the GLK-Class getting a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS reflects that emphasis. Nine airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard. Safety technology like lane departure warning and mitigation systems, a forward collision warning system and a blind spot warning system are optional.