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2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Sport Utility Crossover

RWD 4dr GLK350

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2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Sport Utility Crossover

The GLK-Class borrows the appearance of Mercedes-Benz' larger sport-utility vehicles but is actually very manageable size for city-dwellers. The combination of boxy exterior style and best-in-class aerodynamics should please most shoppers, too. Inside, the GLK-Class feels more car-like, which most buyers will appreciate, along with the brisk acceleration from the V6. The GLK-Class is very competitively priced as well; with its base level of equipment, it's no more expensive than some of its luxury rivals.

What's new for 2010?

The GLK-Class is an entirely new model for 2010. The compact, V6-powered sport-utility vehicle echoes some of the design cues of the larger G-Class and GL-Class but is an all-new design.

Model Strengths

  • The look of a larger SUV
  • manageable size and maneuverability
  • interior space
  • strong acceleration

Model Review

All U.S. GLK models will come in GLK350 trim, including a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 and 7-speed automatic transmission. The base GLK350 comes with rear-wheel drive, but 4MATIC full-time 4-wheel drive is available. Performance is impressive: zero to 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds, and a top speed of 143 mph.

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In case you haven't been paying attention, Mercedes-Benz offers a remarkable range of vehicles these days. There's the relatively modest C Class sedan all the way up to the stately, yet invigorating S Class sedan. How about that R Class, um, multi-person transportation module (minivan?). Bordering the brand are the Smart microcar and the Maybach super luxury cruiser.

Then there are SUVs. The GLK is the latest weapon in Mercedes' multi prong attack on the segment. This new car enters below the American-built, midsize M Class, full size GL Class and paramilitary G Class. It gives Mercedes a weapon against BMW's X3, upcoming Audi Q5, and various Japanese luxury brand offerings.

You can detect inspiration from the GL in its general shape, with a touch of ancestral boxiness from the G Class. There's also a little Jeep in there-perhaps from the brand's years of association with now divorced Chrysler.

Although the GLK is meant for on-road use by regular folks in civilized places, it attended the corporate equivalent of automotive boot camp. Fire and ice testing takes sample units to the heat of the Namibian desert and the frigid Arctic Circle to see if the company can break the car before you ever see it. As a program graduate, the GLK is the Navy Seal of compact SUVs.

But it's a luxury vehicle too. Inside, the seats are firm and supportive, putting you in an alert, upright position. The interior, while as angular as the body, still features burl walnut trim, wade swaths of brushed metallic trim garnished with a chrome strip, and the usual range of comfort and convenience features you'd expect.

There's dual-zone automatic climate control, a trip computer, and power windows, locks and mirrors. You get cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and a Bluetooth interface for your phone.

The goal is to offer "Mercedesness" at a reasonable price point and responsible size. As part of that mission, the GLK uses a 3.5-liter V6 that gets 16 mpg City, 21 mpg Highway. My Steel Gray test car averaged, over a multi-journalist logged 3,313 miles, 19.1 mpg-better than many other all-wheel-drive models.

The 268-horsepower V6, which runs through a seven-speed automatic, can pull the car from zero to 60 in about 6.5 seconds and tops out at 143 mph (I didn't test this latter figure myself).

You can push a button to change the automatic's shift patterns. Selecting S (sport) sensitizes accelerator pedal response and moves the shift points for more exciting driving. The C (comfort) setting yields better fuel economy. The automatic has a San Francisco-friendly hill-holder setting.

There are lots of high tech features that distinguish the GLK from ordinary compact SUVs. The Agility Control suspension provides "amplitude-responsive damping" that changes depending on driving conditions. It keeps the suspension nice and comfortable under normal driving but tightens it up for brisker driving or under evasive maneuvering, for example, when you discover a tree in the road as you round the bend.

Adaptive braking varies stopping response depending on circumstances, and initiates faster than an unassisted drive could. Antilock braking works with Acceleration Skid Control to help you avoid trouble.

Based on Mercedes' more than 60 years of research, testing and simulations, the ARAMIS system customizes the car's crash response depending on severity. Front and rear crush zones absorb impact while a strong passenger cell prevents intrusion. A careful collection of airbags steps in to cushion the blow. And I thought Aramis was a cologne.

Despite being well equipped out the gate, you can add a lot more to a GLK, and my tester flaunted nearly $10,000 worth. These included everything from the Tele Aid emergency system, heated front seats (why is this $740 extra?), and the Premium and Multimedia Packages.

The Premium Package adds things like memory for multiple drivers' seat, mirror and steering column settings, autodimming exterior mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, and Sirius satellite radio. The Multimedia package brings in a superb Harman/Kardon audio system, rearview camera, and voice control for the telephone, radio and navigation applications, among other things.

All of this bonus equipment drove the car's $35,900 base price to an as-tested total of $46,345, including destination charges. Despite its compact dimensions, the GLK felt like it was worth the price.

I wasn't keen on climbing over the optional brushed aluminum running boards and the navigation system was a little annoying to use with the COMAND system dial (should have worked on those voice commands), but the GLK is a true Mercedes-Benz, German-built, and ready to take you and your small family wherever you need to go in comfort and style, and with a dash of performance, too.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Back-Up Camera Opt
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Opt
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles

Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

The MBCPO Limited warranty provides vehicle coverage for 12 months and Unlimited vehicle miles and begins at the expiration of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection Yes
Return/Exchange Program Yes. See dealer for details.
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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