Move over X3, you have a new competitor in the small compact SUV world. Join RoadflyTV as host Jessi Lang and correspondent Steve Hammes review the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350. While Mercedes first focused on going bigger with the ML and GL SUV lines, they decided to take on the longstanding front runner, the BMW X3 and relative newcomer, the Audi Q5 in the SAV/luxury crossover market.
The GLK boasts flashy styling that pays homage to the G Class, with an over-sized three point star to remind everyone on the road that you’re in a Benz. We tested the 4Matic 4WD GLK 350 option (not the RWD option) and found ourselves pleasantly surprised with its “go anywhere” attitude. A reminder to those off-roading in their GLK: you do not have a transfer case for the low range but you do have almost eight inches of clearance. Powering the GLK 350 is a 3.5L V6 engine paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission that produces 268 horsepower, doing 0-60 in 6.5 seconds. The GLK takes premium so filling up could become a frequent occurrence with estimated fuel economy of 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.
At a starting price of $35,475 and an as-tested price of $47,445, the Mercedes GLK 350 may be a bit pricey for what it offers. Buyers will need to weigh the lack of passenger legroom against the generous rear cargo space and the “go anywhere” attitude with the lack of passionate, spirited driving feel that drivers have grown to expect from luxury sport manufacturers.