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2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/11/2014 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2014

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is unchanged after receiving updates for 2013.

Vehicle Summary

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is a compact luxury crossover sold with two engine choices and in either rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations. All models are equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Overview

Most GLK-Class crossovers will come in GLK350 form and equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is decent at 19/25 mpg city/highway for rear-drive models and 18/24 mpg with all-wheel drive.

For those in search of the most fuel-efficient compact luxury crossover, the GLK250 Bluetec is available with a 2.1-liter turbodiesel I-4 making 200 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. It returns an impressive 24/33 mpg even with its standard all-wheel drive.

Acceleration is brisk with both models. The "ride is smooth, and handling is confident with the 19-inch wheel package" and well-tuned electromechanical steering. The diesel-powered GLK250 impresses the most with an engine that pulls the crossover effortlessly.

Interior quality is superb in the 2014 GLK-Class, with high-quality materials and comfortable seat for four adults. The central hump, however, intrudes into the central seating positiong, limiting seating in the rear to two. Tech features, including an updated version of Mercedes' COMAND system with navigation, available in-vehicle Internet access, and a host of safety features, reinforce its position as a premium product. However, the additional driver aids come at a price; they're all bundled in expensive packages.

The 2014 GLK-Class has not been crash tested by the NHTSA but earned a good score on four categories in IIHS evaluations (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

After its 2013 refresh, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class remains an excellent choice for luxury compact crossover buyers. Its available diesel powertrain makes it a convincing alternative for those who prioritize fuel efficiency but don't want to sacrifice acceleration and a luxurious cabin. In a 2013 First Drive, we said the turbodiesel I-4 "seems perfectly matched to the GLK, almost like it was designed for the SUV from the start."

While its interior is well-appointed and feels very upscale, certain features such as leather seats and cooled seats are not standard or unavailable in the 2014 GLK-Class. Additionally, Mercedes' pricing strategy, which bundles many features into packages, can cause the crossover's price to leave the $38,000 to mid-$40,000 range and skyrocket past $50,000.

You'll Like

  • Diesel model's fuel economy
  • Brisk acceleration
  • Long list of driver aids

You Won't Like

  • Expensive options
  • Central hump limits seating to two in the rear
  • Leather should be standard

Key Competitors

  • BMW X3
  • Audi Q5
  • Volvo XC60
  • Lexus RX
  • Acura RDX

Rating

4 star

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