2009 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4Matic

Although Mercedes-Benz already has a small SUV in its M-class, the GLK350 is significantly less expensive.

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Styling

The grille and badge look overly large on the GLK350, and the side sculpting isn't traceable to any current Mercedes-Benz model.

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Ample power

The 3.5-liter V-6 provides 268 horsepower, enough to get the GLK350 moving easily. Mercedes-Benz boasts a 0-to-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds.

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Passenger room

Although lower than the M-class, the interior of the GLK350 has room for five passengers.

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4Matic all-wheel-drive

This model has the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, which is integrated with traction control to keep grip on slippery surfaces.

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Cargo area

Although the GLK350 doesn't look large from the outside, this cargo area is spacious.

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Atypical interior design

The cabin has the kind of luxury feel we would expect from Mercedes-Benz. The styling is not typical for the brand, with strangely angular shapes around the glove compartment.

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Steering wheel controls

Mercedes-Benz does a good job of integrating buttons into the steering wheel spokes. The left side buttons allow control over various car functions.

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Speedometer display

The speedometer houses a display that can show trip, navigation, audio, and cell phone information.

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Seven-speed automatic

The GLK350 uses a seven-speed automatic transmission which has Comfort, Sport, and manual modes.

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COMAND knob

The COMAND knob works well for accessing and manipulating car applications, such as navigation, audio, and phone.

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Navigation system

We really like the resolution of the maps on this navigation system, but wish it would show traffic information.

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iPod connector

The optional iPod kit puts this connector into the glove compartment. We would prefer a console compartment, but the interface works well.

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Audio sources

You can choose from a variety of audio sources, including the Music Register, the car's onboard music storage. Media Interface is the iPod connection.

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CD-ripping

You get music into the Music Register by ripping it from a standard CD. The car will properly tag and file all the tracks.

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Bluetooth

The Bluetooth phone system can import contacts from some phones, although we had no luck with an iPhone.

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