“Logbook” test series: There is a bit of the G-model in the Mercedes GLK

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There‘s a bit of the G-model in the Mercedes GLK

"Logbook" test series: There is a bit of the G-model in the Mercedes GLK-test

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The Mercedes GLK is the entry-level model in the Mercedes SUV family.

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The slightly angular exterior makes the GLK stand out pleasantly from its rounded rivals from Audi and BMW.

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With a length of 4.53 meters, the Mercedes is relatively short. This makes it very handy in the city.

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However, the passengers in the rear suffer from the compact dimensions. And the trunk is also very tight at 450 liters (1550 liters with the seats folded down).

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The entry-level version of the GLK, the 200 CDI, is only available with rear-wheel drive. Base price: 36,652 euros.

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Angular and straight: even without all-wheel drive, the GLK looks like a real off-road vehicle.

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To ensure that it not only looks like this, but can also do what an off-road vehicle should be able to do, Mercedes not only offers the car with all-wheel drive (entry-level price for the 220 CDI 4Matic: 43,257 euros), but also the off-road technology package for around 700 euros. This includes underride protection, hill start assist and various off-road driving programs.

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In the automatic versions, the selector lever for the seven-speed automatic has disappeared from the center tunnel since the revision. Instead, it’s on the steering wheel. That is At the beginning it takes a bit of getting used to. Mercedes is now introducing this to more and more vehicles, because it makes the cockpit look tidier.

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Intuitive usability, that’s what many manufacturers advertise. So find everything before you look. The revised Mercedes GLK has a very tidy cockpit. But something important is hidden.

W.hen to be honest it has to be said that a lot of cars these days look the same; At least in every vehicle class, some resemble each other like eggs. Even Mercedes has not reinvented the design language after the revision of the GLK, but the SUV with its more robust forms stands out pleasantly from its direct rivals Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

With its angular and compact body, which is suitable for the city (which means that the loading space is very tight), the GLK looks like a real SUV; with a bit of imagination, it might even be reminiscent of the legendary G-model. This line was also retained in the revision of the GLK: the bumpers, the radiator grille and the taillights are new.

Mercedes also goes its own way in the cockpit. The automatic lever has recently been attached to the steering column. This can certainly cause confusion on the first trips in the GLK, as you intuitively assume the selector lever is in the center tunnel and not where the lever for the windshield wiper is usually located.

Anything but sparkling

There are no technical reasons for relocating to the steering wheel jacket tube (that’s really what it is called). Maybe more visual and organizational. Because the free space gained in the center tunnel makes the cockpit appear tidier, like a tidy desk. However, one on which you can’t find the things you need straight away.

There is also no liveliness in the GLK 22 Bluetec 4Matic. A diesel engine with 170 hp doesn’t exactly sound like underpowering. But the machine in the almost two-ton GLK is anything but a paragon of revving.

For example, if you want to drive onto the autobahn or overtake on the country road, you have to press the gas pedal down properly and let the rev counter shoot up to get the car up to speed.

However, everyone should be enthusiastic about the harmony of the soft-shifting seven-speed automatic. The GLK seems to be at rest, which is also true acoustically. With improved insulation and technical changes, the engineers have given it the habit of nailing it.

And also the excessive thirst for fuel. In our test drives, we rarely exceeded seven liters – not a bad value for such a colossus.

The basic variant only has rear-wheel drive

The great strengths of the GLK are its driving comfort and safe cornering. With its not too tight, but still track-stable set-up, the car swallows potholes, and on long motorway journeys you have the feeling of sitting in an S-Class – with the difference that you have a better view of what’s going on thanks to the higher seat position.

As mentioned at the beginning, the Mercedes SUV looks like a robust off-road vehicle. If you choose the GLK 200 CDI or the 220 CDI, then it stays with the appearance, because in these versions the car only has rear-wheel drive. Mercedes can pay dearly for the all-wheel drive with a starting price of 43,257 euros for the 220 CDI 4Matic.

If you are really serious about all-wheel drive, you should order the off-road package for 702 euros. Then the city SUV becomes a real off-road vehicle with a compass, various off-road driving programs, hill descent assistance and underride protection.

GLK customers are satisfied with their car

For those who use the GLK more as a touring vehicle, the driver assistance system is worth it for 2553 euros. That includes an adaptive cruise control (great on the Autobahn!) As well as lane keeping and changing assistants.

A recent survey showed that 65 percent of GLK customers (most of them probably still had the "old" model) are so satisfied with their vehicle that they can imagine buying it again.

So Mercedes seems to have done a lot right with its compact SUV. The tight trunk does not deter customers. And everyone will get used to the automatic selector lever on the steering wheel over time.

The new edition of the GLK is planned for 2015. However, the new generation should be much more rounded. Hopefully that won’t make the hint of the G-Class go away.

Another opinion on the Mercedes GLK from the "Welt" editorial team:

Speed ​​is not witchcraft? Yes, with this Mercedes GLK. In the city, the SUV whizzes around the corner. The automatic is a poem, so I can occupy myself with the incredible number of buttons on the dashboard that remind me of the Casio watches from the 80s. But when it’s time to hit the autobahn, patience becomes a virtue. For the Skodas on the A10, I’m an obstacle that has to go. In shame, I even forget my anger because I only got a stroller in the trunk. There was no more space for a suitcase. Jan Dams, economic department

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