Distinctive styling; improvements to interior quality; no price penalty for clean diesel option
Options can quickly inflate price; styling isn't for everyone; lack of availability of high-performance AMG variant
The GLK-Class lineup is essentially a carryover for the 2014 model year
Thanks to updates made in the 2013 model year in particular, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK manages to deliver a satisfying combination of luxury and utility, with approachable starting MSRPs. We're especially big fans of the GLK250 BlueTEC, which delivers torquey performance and solid fuel economy without a price penalty for the diesel powerplant. Without going overboard on the options list, this is without a doubt the GLK that offers the greatest bang for buck.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is available in two configurations: the gas-powered GLK350, and the diesel-powered GLK250 BlueTEC.
The GLK350 ($37,480) comes in base form with rear-wheel drive and can be ordered with 4Matic all-wheel drive for an additional $2,000. Standard features include an engine start/stop system, dual-zone climate control and remote-operated window opening and closing. The Premium 1 Package ($3,450) adds a panorama roof, power lift gate, SiriusXM satellite radio and a rear power outlet. The Multimedia Package ($2,860) includes a rearview camera, voice control, navigation and an upgraded stereo. Heated front seats add $750, while keyless go is available for $650. Blind spot and lane-keeping assist increase the bottom line by $875, while active parking assist with surround view sets you back $1,290. Want leather upholstery? That will add $1,850 to the MSRP. The Sport Package with bodywork, 20-inch wheels and aluminum roof rails adds $1,990, while active bi-xenon headlamps run $1,390.
The GLK250 BlueTEC ($38,980) offers the same options packages, only bundled with a diesel powertrain.
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|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
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|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
Audi Q5 -- Audi's littlest crossover gets a power bump to 220 hp for 2014 and a new turbodiesel model, making it a stronger competitor than ever against the GLK-class. Pricing starts at $37,300.
BMW X3 -- Fancy yourself a serious driver? Then you'll want to seriously consider the X3, which starts at $39,800 and offers strong competition in the premium compact crossover field.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque -- The Evoque is the clear style leader in the segment. While it's a compelling little sport 'ute, you'll pay dearly for this fashionable crossover, thanks to its $41,145 starting price.