2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Mercedes Benz is always famous for launching its new vehicles. Be it the strategy to either replace them or create a new model of a previous one, there is a constant upheaval in the building of these models. Mercedes-Benz introduces the new 2012 GLK Class model.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLK class did not undergo a lot of changes. This model is the smallest in the fleet of Mercedes collection of SUVs. This model offers ample space with a sporty ride and safe looks. The fuel economy is great at an affordable price.

Though this model might not be the cheapest or having bigger space than its other counterparts, the GLK350 is built impressively and lives up to being an SUV which closely meets the needs of car lovers. With a solid feel and a rather sophisticated ride and safety features, this vehicle is a good bargain for many people.

Performance

The 2012 GLK Class has similar capacities as its predecessor with a 3.5 liter V6 engine that produces around 268 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque. An automatic transmission ensures you of smooth and powerful acceleration. Fuel economy allows driving 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

Interior & Exterior

In the previous models, there was a media interface for an iPod connection which was kept in the glove section, on this model, that has been moved to the center position. When we speak of appearance, the GLK model has several stylish modifications that help improve its looks.

It is often recommended to go ahead with the AMG style line and though it would more, its worth considering. Driving without the use of a key is another feature which marks a new functionality to the vehicle. In the previous model of the GLK diamond, white was introduced as one of the colors and it became a most sought after color.

The 2012 GLK is also available in diamond white color but you’ll have to shell a few extra dollars. All the previous colors like Jade Green and Capri blue are replaced by other catchy colors.

Equipped with a Bluetooth and MP3 player facility and side Airbags it has proper stability and transition control which is most required for the safety purpose. IPod input and the navigational feature is an optional feature with DVD player and radio satellite functionality.

The Competition

There are quite few SUVs of the same class as the GLK worth looking at, they include: the Acura MDX (MSRP $42,930; 16 city / 21 hwy), the BMW X3 (MSRP $36,850; 19 city / 25 hwy), and the Dodge Durango (MSRP $29,195; 16 city / 23 hwy). The MDX is higher priced than the others.

Overall Rating
73 out of 100

What others say:

“A quiet, comfortable ride, excellent seats, and impressive cargo space make the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK320 one of the best compact crossovers for long trips.”Car Connection

“The GLK corners confidently with little body lean and accurate steering. Straightline stability is good, but rough roads can cause a bit of vibration that is felt through the steering wheel. The brakes are strong with good pedal feel.”Consumer Guide

“Ride comfort is good when cruising, but the low-speed ride is a bit unsettled. Handling is nimble, but the GLK doesn't shine at its limits. The high seating position gives a good view out. The front seats are firm and well shaped. ”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“It may not be the roomiest or the cheapest, but the 2012 Mercedes GLK350 is an impressively built compact SUV that should meet the needs and desires of many luxury buyers.”Edmunds

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $35,880.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.4 gallons (65 liters) MPG: 16 city / 23 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 178.2 in. (452 cm) Wheel Base: 108.5 in. (275.5 cm)
Height: 66.9 in. (169.9 cm) Width: 74.3 in. (188.7 cm)
Curb Weight: 3979 lbs (1805 kg) Ground Clearance: 7.9 in. (20 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 23.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 3.5L 24-Valve DOHC V6 Displacement: 3498 Liter cc
Horsepower: 268 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 2000-5000 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds Max Towing Capacity: 3500 lbs (1587 kgs)
Available Trims & Engine
Option:GLK350 4Matic AWD MSRP: $37,900; MPG: 16 city / 21 hwy