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2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

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2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

The 2012 GLK350 has some big shoes to fill as the junior member of the Mercedes-Benz SUV family. To the delight of its larger siblings – the Mercedes M-Class and GL-Class – the compact GLK offers the modern styling, upscale amenities and advanced safety features one should expect from a luxury vehicle. Developed on Mercedes-Benz's best-selling C-Class platform, the 2012 GLK combines the comfortable ride quality and enticing technology of the C with the versatility of a small SUV.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you desire traditional SUV features, such as a spacious cargo area and an elevated seating position, but you want it in a smaller, more practical package, the 2012 Mercedes GLK is a good choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those looking for a luxury SUV with sedan-like mpg might find the superior fuel economy of the Audi Q5 and Land Rover Evoque more appealing.

What's New for 2012

There are no significant changes slated for the 2012 GLK350 versus the 2011 model.

Driving the GLK-Class
Driving Impressions

The GLK's well-balanced chassis and sharp suspension tuning provide enjoyable driving on curvy roads. On the highway, we found the GLK's well insulated cabin dissipates the majority of road noise,...

... even when equipped with the panoramic sunroof. The only engine choice is a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers ample power for typical daily driving, but lacks the crisp throttle response and fuel efficiency found in most modern V6 engines. The 7-speed automatic transmission provides silky smooth gear changes along with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for manual-style shifting. The electric power-steering system, however, offers an inordinately sensitive feel that requires constant supervision on the highway.

harman/kardon LOGIC7 audio system
This impressive audio system features impeccable sound quality with 11 speakers, including a subwoofer, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and 6GB of storage for your music.

COMAND multimedia controller
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK's COMAND multimedia controller is conveniently located for simple operation of the audio, navigation and communication functions. Combined with the dash-mounted LCD screen, the COMAND interface allows for streamlined information retrieval to help keep your eyes off the LCD and on the road where they belong.

2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Details
Interior

The GLK's interior architecture features a simplistic, yet elegant design with sharp lines and attentive ergonomics. Despite its entry-level price point (for the brand), the GLK's superb fit and finish and high-quality soft-touch materials uphold Mercedes-Benz's reputation for fine craftsmanship. The 5-passenger GLK350 features a 60/40 split rear seat and a generous, for its size, 54.7 cubic feet of cargo space. While the front seats are not as comfortable as its Lexus RX and Audi Q5 challengers, they do feature 8-way adjustability and ample bolstering for spirited driving. Controlling the GLK's abundance of high-tech features is Mercedes-Benz's intuitive COMAND multimedia interface.

Exterior

Complementing its stout, aggressive stance, the Mercedes-Benz GLK features strong character lines, angled wheel arches and a 2-bar chrome grille. Large windows combined with slender structural pillars provide exceptional outward visibility. The available AMG Styling Package adds aluminum roof rails and LED daytime running lights, and replaces the standard 19-inch wheels with massive 20-inch twin 5-spoke wheels. Despite its tall appearance, the 2012 GLK is as easy to step in and out of as a traditional sedan.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The GLK350 is the only 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK version offered. Standard equipment includes roof rails, 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, Burl Walnut interior trim, MP3/WMA interface, 8-way power-adjustable front seats, and Bluetooth hands-free phone capability. Significant safety features include nine airbags, Neck Pro front headrests to help reduce the severity of whiplash injuries, hill-start assist to prevent unintended rollback on steep inclines, and an Automatic Brake Drying system for improved braking in moist conditions.

Optional Equipment

The 2012 GLK350 offers Mercedes-Benz's 4Matic all-wheel drive (AWD) system, aluminum interior trim, a panoramic roof, sonar proximity warning system for those difficult parking situations, Xenon headlights (up to three times brighter than conventional halogen headlights), an 11-speaker harman/kardon sound system, and conversational voice recognition software to wrangle multimedia commands.

Under the Hood

Ten years ago, a 3.5-liter V6 pumping out 268 horsepower would have impressed most prospective buyers. However, with today's modern V6 power plants, 300-plus horsepower engines with admirable fuel economy are the norm. While the GLK's outdated V6 returns meager fuel economy, it does provide smooth power delivery and a quiet operation. Matched to the GLK350's lone engine choice is a 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Logic technology that monitors your driving style and alters shift points accordingly.

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 mpg (RWD), 16/21 mpg (AWD)

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2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 122 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

needs just few tweaks

By on Saturday, June 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fast, fun, safe, very contempora,handle like a car"

Cons: "avg economny noticable road noise at freeway speed"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I have been fortunate enough to work in the auto industry for many years and Ive driven my share of suv/crossover style vehicles,this is my first MZB Ive ever owned.My impressions are very positive,roomy cab,versatile features,large cargo capacity.This MZB really drives like a car,sure footed well balanced,and this sucker moves with 268 hp,riding on 20 inch sport tires that give the MZB an aggressive stance.Heres the not so good things,average economy,noisy ride at freeway speeds BECAUSE of the sport tires/wheels,center consule(arm rest) poor angle, made of really cheap materials.I would easily take the MZB GLK 350 over the AUDI Q5,and over the BMW x3...."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Fast, sporty, great ride and handling. Great SUV

By on Sunday, May 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,926

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, lots of power, great in all weather"

Cons: "Not enough cup holders."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"We are buying this vehicle after leasing it for three years, it is my wife's car and she loves it! We like that it does not look like all the other SUV's on the road. Powerful, sporty and fun to drive."

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Best car i've ever owned

By on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Aesthetics, interior, handling"

Cons: "small-ish back seat leg room"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Best car i've ever owned - perfect size for day to day and travel. Handles like a dream, no matter what the conditions with the 4matic option. Reliable in snow, and is sturdy on the road. The interior is beautiful and panoramic sunroof is nice too. My one and only sub-negative is the backseat is a bit on the small side in regards to leg room if you have the front seats all the way back... you'll want to have shorter passengers ride in the back if you have a full group riding along. The GLK is on the E class chassis, so comfort while driving is amazing, but it still handles like a smaller, peppy suv with the pickup and go of a sportscar. The back hatch is handy with auto lift, and the backseat drops down very easily (one button) to store large items. Navigation and options are wells suited. Have had this car long enough to almost pay off & plan on keeping it a very long time. Even my husband loves it. Mercedes hit the mark for a compact SUV with the soul of their brand. Overall a pleasure to walk into my garage each day and go to work in this car - worth the money!"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Very well built but missing a few gimmicks.

By on Friday, February 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,700

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fast, Solid Build, Fuel Economy"

Cons: "Tight interior, back up-camera & navi @ high $$"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The first thing which really impressed me when I first test drove the GLK350 was how cheap it was compared to other SUV within the same category. The power coming from the 302 HP V6 engine is incredible fast and moving on the freeway is a true joy. Fuel economy is fantastic especially on the freeway. Things I dislike is the lack and expense for a rear-view camera, HID Headlights and the short rear end which it almost seems MB run out of money when the designed the vehicle. Some of the other things that bothered my that you need to reset the A/C and navigation menu every day. The interior is nice but there is hardly any storage room for little things. Overall is a very nice vehicle and perfect for a small family. Still don't expect having 4 adults going cross country due to tight interior. Exterior is solid and the paint is inferior compare to some of those cheap factory paint jobs. Update coming soon."

15 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Preowned Certified 2013 GLK350

By on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Value, top of Class, Handeling, Acceleration"

Cons: "Some Options should be Std, wind noise at HWY Spds"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"New to me auto. Lexus RX300 for 16 years so this car has a lot to live up to. Good Value, these cars hold value but shopped around for good price/value (not best price); Prepaid Maint and Extended Warranty. Good Dealer service. Very well made. Interior trim is excellent. Good appointments and functionality. Handling is responsive with no roll, turning radius is short. Acceleration is above class. Dealer replaced front rotors and brake pads on all four. Either a high wear item or previous owner had a heavy foot. Internet reviews and blogs did not expose any chronic maintenance items for this year model."

16 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Expected quality beyond 70,000 miles!

By on Sunday, January 17, 2016

I don't own this car

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable, peppy, sound system"

Cons: "Reliability after 70,000 miles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"2010 GLK350 4Matic. This is my fiancé's car. Falling apart after 70,000 miles. Nov 2015: $2,800 repair ($1,500 alternator and $500 spark plugs). $500 to replace six plugs? Incredible. Jan 2016: heater fan/blower died in the middle of winter ($700). I'm 54 years old and I've owned many cars (including BMW). I've never seen a car fall off the cliff after only 70,000 miles. I would strongly advise another SUV."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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