Although Mercedes-Benz already has a small SUV in its M-class, the GLK350 is significantly less expensive.
The grille and badge look overly large on the GLK350, and the side sculpting isn't traceable to any current Mercedes-Benz model.
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.
Although lower than the M-class, the interior of the GLK350 has room for five passengers.
This model has the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, which is integrated with traction control to keep grip on slippery surfaces.
Although the GLK350 doesn't look large from the outside, this cargo area is spacious.
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.
Mercedes-Benz does a good job of integrating buttons into the steering wheel spokes. The left side buttons allow control over various car functions.
The speedometer houses a display that can show trip, navigation, audio, and cell phone information.
The GLK350 uses a seven-speed automatic transmission which has Comfort, Sport, and manual modes.
The COMAND knob works well for accessing and manipulating car applications, such as navigation, audio, and phone.
We really like the resolution of the maps on this navigation system, but wish it would show traffic information.
The optional iPod kit puts this connector into the glove compartment. We would prefer a console compartment, but the interface works well.
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.
You get music into the Music Register by ripping it from a standard CD. The car will properly tag and file all the tracks.
The Bluetooth phone system can import contacts from some phones, although we had no luck with an iPhone.