Base GLK350 4dr 4x2
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

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Engine Engine 3.5LV-6
MPG MPG 19 City / 25 Hwy
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2013 GLK-Class Overview

Littlest G Rocks The Box With Meaningful Improvements We admit it: It's easy to dig the Mercedes-Benz GLK. Like many of our preferred Jeep models, the GLK presents itself as a true small, rugged all-rounder that you can use just about any way you need. Yes, the rectilinear design is polarizing, but for us, the poles seem to line up more often than not. And, granted, any sort of utility vehicle that presents itself all in white or off-white – inside and out in this tester's case – with 19-inch Pirellis is going to face a ribbing by manly men. Tooth-whitening brightness and fancy shoes aside, anything that aspires to emulate – even peripherally – the rep of the legendary G-Class is welcome anytime in our driveway. A gnarly strong off-roader? With only a 3.27:1 rear axle available and two overdrive gears, not truly, no. But get the new Offroad Engineering Package on the 4Matic chassis and the GLK thumps along with its 4.38:1 first and 2.86:1 second gears almost as well as a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo X 4x4. (We picked that one because the Jeep's base price is right near that of the GLK 350 4Matic and power is roughly the same.) Trouble is that this more rugged GLK package will not be made available in North America any time soon, so the optional $2,000 4Matic all-wheel drive system – with those same ratios – will have to continue to be enough for us. That's a shame, because our offroad activities in this updated GLK – admittedly executed in a wonderfully torque-filled GLK 350 CDI on 17-inch Bridgestones with the offroad setup prepped specifically for this event – was solid stuff. It seems U.S. dirt country roads with occasional washboarding is realistically the meanest situation envisioned for Yankee GLKs, so U.S. owners are unlikely to know just how capable their vehicle's chassis can be when properly outfitted. A chief goal in this rather ambitious midlife updo has been to soften slightly the GLK's exterior look. The French Alps and their winding and elevation-changing roads will test any person or machine pretty well, however. We focused on the latest GLK 350 4Matic and its enhanced-efficiency 3.5-liter V6, now good for 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 273 pound-feet of torque from 3,500 rpm up to 5,250 revs. Our 100-mile-plus on-road test route showed us pretty much all there was to see in this refreshed X204 GLK with its more forceful powerplant. The AMG Sports package with 19-inch Pirelli P Zero tires and sport suspension setup could have done better with 18-inchers, but all-in-all, our foray was a very positive one. As you'd expect, 20-inch wheels show up on the options list, but for ride quality's sake, smaller is better. Regardless of what size hoops you fit, brakes are 13-inch discs up front and 11.8-inch units out back. A chief goal in this rather ambitious midlife updo has been to soften slightly the GLK's exterior look and feel without losing …
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2013 GLK-Class Overview

Littlest G Rocks The Box With Meaningful Improvements We admit it: It's easy to dig the Mercedes-Benz GLK. Like many of our preferred Jeep models, the GLK presents itself as a true small, rugged all-rounder that you can use just about any way you need. Yes, the rectilinear design is polarizing, but for us, the poles seem to line up more often than not. And, granted, any sort of utility vehicle that presents itself all in white or off-white – inside and out in this tester's case – with 19-inch Pirellis is going to face a ribbing by manly men. Tooth-whitening brightness and fancy shoes aside, anything that aspires to emulate – even peripherally – the rep of the legendary G-Class is welcome anytime in our driveway. A gnarly strong off-roader? With only a 3.27:1 rear axle available and two overdrive gears, not truly, no. But get the new Offroad Engineering Package on the 4Matic chassis and the GLK thumps along with its 4.38:1 first and 2.86:1 second gears almost as well as a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo X 4x4. (We picked that one because the Jeep's base price is right near that of the GLK 350 4Matic and power is roughly the same.) Trouble is that this more rugged GLK package will not be made available in North America any time soon, so the optional $2,000 4Matic all-wheel drive system – with those same ratios – will have to continue to be enough for us. That's a shame, because our offroad activities in this updated GLK – admittedly executed in a wonderfully torque-filled GLK 350 CDI on 17-inch Bridgestones with the offroad setup prepped specifically for this event – was solid stuff. It seems U.S. dirt country roads with occasional washboarding is realistically the meanest situation envisioned for Yankee GLKs, so U.S. owners are unlikely to know just how capable their vehicle's chassis can be when properly outfitted. A chief goal in this rather ambitious midlife updo has been to soften slightly the GLK's exterior look. The French Alps and their winding and elevation-changing roads will test any person or machine pretty well, however. We focused on the latest GLK 350 4Matic and its enhanced-efficiency 3.5-liter V6, now good for 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 273 pound-feet of torque from 3,500 rpm up to 5,250 revs. Our 100-mile-plus on-road test route showed us pretty much all there was to see in this refreshed X204 GLK with its more forceful powerplant. The AMG Sports package with 19-inch Pirelli P Zero tires and sport suspension setup could have done better with 18-inchers, but all-in-all, our foray was a very positive one. As you'd expect, 20-inch wheels show up on the options list, but for ride quality's sake, smaller is better. Regardless of what size hoops you fit, brakes are 13-inch discs up front and 11.8-inch units out back. A chief goal in this rather ambitious midlife updo has been to soften slightly the GLK's exterior look and feel without losing …Hide Full Review