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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.8

The 2013 GLK-Class is the junior member of the Mercedes-Benz SUV family. Like its larger siblings - the Mercedes M-Class and GL-Class - the compact GLK offers modern styling, upscale amenities and advanced safety features, just as one would expect from a luxury-branded vehicle. A development of the same platform as used on the best-selling Mercedes-Benz C-Class automobiles, the 2013 GLK combines the comfortable ride quality and enticing technology of the C with the versatility of a small SUV. Its total passenger and cargo space is tight compared to an Audi Q5 or BMW X3, and its price tag is a bit higher. A substantial freshening for 2013 includes the addition of the GLK250 model with a 2.1-liter BlueTEC turbodiesel engine, unique in the compact class.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you desire traditional SUV features, such as a flexible cargo area and an elevated seating position, but you want it in a smaller, more practical package, the 2013 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 2013

For 2013, the Mercedes-Benz GLK line expands to include a new BlueTEC diesel-powered GLK250 (arriving mid-2013). The GLK350 gets a new 3.5-liter V6 with better power, response and efficiency. There's new front- and rear-end styling, a redesigned interior, improvements to the power steering and some new equipment offerings.

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, the ride quality is firmer than some people may expect, but the GLK's...

well-insulated cabin blocks out the majority of road noise, even when equipped with the panoramic sunroof. The new 3.5-liter V6 delivers good power for typical daily driving and answers concerns we had last year about throttle response and fuel efficiency. The 2.1-liter 4-cylinder BlueTEC turbodiesel in the GLK250 offers up 369 lb-ft of torque, which translates to very strong low-speed pulling power. 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 has been reprogrammed this year, and weight and feel are both much improved.

HARMAN/KARDON LOGIC7 AUDIO SYSTEM
This impressive audio system features impeccable sound quality with 510 watts, 11 speakers including a subwoofer, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and up to 10GB of storage for your music.

COMAND MULTIMEDIA CONTROLLER
The 2013 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.

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Details
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class photo Interior

Despite its entry-level price point (for the brand), the GLK's superb interior fit and finish and high-quality soft-touch materials uphold Mercedes-Benz's reputation for fine craftsmanship. And this year the cabin feels even richer with its cleaner instrument panel and full-width wood trim. The 5-passenger GLK features a 60/40-split rear seat and a useful 54.7 cubic feet of cargo space. While the front seats are not quite as comfortable as those in a Lexus RX or Audi Q5, they do feature 8-way adjustability and ample bolstering. Controlling the GLK's abundance of high-tech features is Mercedes-Benz's intuitive COMAND multimedia interface.

Exterior
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class photo

Complementing its stout, aggressive stance, the Mercedes-Benz GLK features strong character lines, angled wheel arches and, for 2013, new grille, fascia, headlamp and tail lamp treatments. 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 2013 GLK is as easy to step in and out of as a traditional sedan.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment on either 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 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 damp conditions.

Optional Equipment

The 2013 GLK offers Mercedes-Benz's 4Matic all-wheel-drive (AWD) system as a $2,000 option. Several premium packages and stand-alone options include leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, power liftgate, Active Parking Assist, blind-spot and lane-keeping assist, xenon headlights, heated front seats, an 11-speaker harman/kardon sound system, voice-recognition capability, rear-seat entertainment system and an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot. A wide range of accessories includes aerodynamic roof containers with their own fitted luggage.

Under the Hood

There's plenty of news here for 2013. The GLK350 gets an all-new and all-better engine. Still a 3.5-liter V6, the new engine is much more modern, using direct fuel injection and other advances to boost output to 302 horsepower and EPA city/highway fuel economy to 19/25 mpg. The only transmission is a 7-speed automatic, though it can drive either the rear wheels only or, with M-B's optional 4Matic system, all four wheels. The new-for-2013 BlueTEC turbodiesel in the GLK250 (arriving in mid-2013) is a 2.1-liter four and, as the only diesel currently in the compact-luxury SUV class, it should automatically become the fuel-efficiency leader.

GLK350
3.5-liter V6
302 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
273 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-5,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25 mpg (RWD), 19/24 mpg (AWD)

GLK250
2.1-liter turbocharged diesel inline-4
190 horsepower @ 4,200 rpm
369 lb-ft @ 1,600-1,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 102 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
    9.2/10

Nice car but hard to get into--sill is too deep

By on Thursday, February 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Easy to maneuver into parking spots!"

Cons: "Getting one's foot over the sill when getting in"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"Very nice car, but cumbersome to get into...the sill is very deep so you have to bring your leg up and over it to get in it. I also do not care for the "eco" feature that turns the engine off while you're at stop signs and such. It was a step-down in size from what I had before (BMW X5) and I'm going back up. Not enough storage in the back end, as well."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I LOVE THIS SUV !

By on Saturday, February 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "SUPER FUN TO DRIVE, GOOD VISIBILITY"

Cons: "NEEDS A BIT MORE LEG ROOM IN THE BACK.."

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

"This was my first SUV purchased, always had a sedan. We needed extra room for our first grand-child. This SUV is perfect, it's so fun to drive and has all the bells and whistles that Mercedes offer. It's very comfortable and luxurious. Very easy to maneuver, as it's a smaller SUV. Great on gas, and looks good. I'm so happy with my purchase. I do agree with KBB reviews which say there isn't a lot of leg room in the 2nd seat, but it is adequate."

14 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Great handling,steering,ride and road comfort.

By on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable, fun to drive, very good in traffic"

Cons: "Need to have radio on for back up camera to work"

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

"This is a 2015 Bluetech diesel with nearly all safety amenities including radar cruise control. Overall trip mileage to Houston from KC and back was 32.6 mpg. Car is an absolute joy to drive with excellent visibility. Like the diesel a lot. Would definitely buy again."

15 people out of 33 found this review helpful

Great value

By on Friday, January 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great price great design"

Cons: "small storage space unless you put back seats down"

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

"This is an excellent luxury compact SUV -- not the family truckster, so if you want lots of room for kids and their stuff this is not the car for you. It has great looks, design, and power....solid feel, great control and comfort on highway...little road sounds ...In my opinion looks best in black...."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

almost 4 years in -still love it- no problems,

By on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

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
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "ride, size, quality, fit and finish, nice interior"

Cons: "gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"solid ride, no mechanical or electrical issues, just did brakes and tires and bulbs once wearing well"

23 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Too good to be true

By on Saturday, September 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"I'm still waiting for something, anything, to go wrong. Repairs are still near zero. I get compliments from everyone who sees or rides in my GLK. Other drivers keep their distance, even in parking lots. Maybe it's the red color. Maybe it's the wax job. Or maybe it's the MB symbol."

22 people out of 35 found this review helpful

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