2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
Despite being one of the cheapest Mercedes-Benz models, the 2011 GLK is built to such a high standard that its price premium over most similarly equipped competitors seems well worth it. Go over railroad tracks and the body doesn’t flex a bit, nor does any jiggling greet your backside. This little SUV feels like you could drive over a land mine and experience nothing but a muted “thump.” When it comes to meticulous build quality, it simply has no equal in this segment.
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Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2011 Mercedes GLK-Class luxury crossover SUV is available in one trim level known as the Mercedes-Benz GLK350. When equipped with all-wheel drive, it is the GLK350 4Matic. Standard equipment includes 19-inch wheels, cruise control, automatic headlamps, eight-way power front seats, MB Tex premium vinyl upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.
The Premium 1 package adds a panoramic sunroof, a power tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, driver seat memory settings, driver seat power lumbar support, a 115-volt household outlet and satellite radio. The Multimedia package adds a navigation system, a rearview camera, the electronics interface, voice controls, digital music storage, an iPod/USB audio interface and a six-CD changer.
The Appearance package adds 20-inch wheels and aluminum roof rails. The AMG Sport package offers the roof rails, 20-inch wheels, AMG bumpers and LED daytime running lights. Other options include a styling package, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, an 11-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, heated front seats and a rear seat entertainment system with dual front-headrest-mounted displays.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class in Montreal is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with an output of 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission with Comfort, Sport and Manual settings is standard. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive (known as 4Matic) is optional.
A GLK350 4Matic accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. Estimated fuel economy is 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined with 4Matic. The rear-wheel-drive GLK bumps the highway number up to 23 mpg.
The GLK comes standard with stability control, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and, new for 2011, a front knee airbag and driver/passenger pelvic airbags. Parking sensors and Mercedes’ mbrace emergency telematics are optional.
A GLK 4Matic came to a stop from 60 mph in 119 feet — a good number for this type of vehicle.
Interior Design and Special Features
There isn’t a hint of French curve to be found anywhere inside the 2011 Mercedes GLK-Class in Montreal. but the geometric lines are softened by an abundance of amenities and framed within an elegant simplicity that echoes the exterior’s no-nonsense character. The craftsmanship and materials are of an obviously high standard, and even Mercedes’ vinyl upholstery could be mistaken for real leather.
The overall combination of physical dash buttons, steering-wheel controls and the optional multifunction COMAND knob make the GLK more user-friendly than other cars with extravagant electronics. Maximum cargo capacity is 54.7 cubic feet, and the rear seats are easy to fold flat when the need arises for more luggage room.