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2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4MATIC Review

Baby Benz Crossover

A three-quarter front view of a white 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4MATIC

In short: A small but luxurious and well-balanced SUV.

This long-awaited luxe crossover, spotted in the Sex and the City movie, makes a fashionable and versatile accessory for weekend warriors. The cozy five-passenger GLK350 is powered by a 268-horsepower V6 engine and is equipped with a 4MATIC all-wheel drive, a seven-speed automatic transmission, disc brakes and an agile independent suspension. Graceful on the road and capable of 0-60 mph acceleration in 6.5 seconds, the athletic SUV moves surprisingly like a sedan. While it gets the typical fuel economy of a vehicle weighing little more than two tons, the GLK350 is a well-balanced utility-minded ride that is relatively affordable for its segment. The Mercedes-Benz’s second row seats fold (providing the sumptuous auto with up to 54.7 cubic feet of cargo space) and it boasts roof rails ideal for hauling bikes or a canoe. Inside, a smorgasbord of amenities balances a modern, somewhat angular and austere interior. Standard to our tester was a Bluetooth interface, eight-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system, and eight-way power adjustable front seats. We also enjoyed the GLK350’s available heated front seats, power liftgate, panoramic sunroof, rearview camera, navigation system and Logic 7 audio system.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle warranty; 24/7 roadside assistance.

Base Price: $35,900 / As tested: $45,625

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, 4MATIC all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 5-door crossover

Engine: 3.5-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6
Horsepower: 268 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 2,400-5,000 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic with TouchShift

Curb weight: 4,036 lbs
Wheelbase: 108.5 in
Length/Width/Height: 178.3/79.4/66.9 in
Turning circle: 37.7 ft

Brakes: all-wheel disc with ABS, brake assist, adaptive braking (brake drying, hill start assist and pre-charging)
Suspension: independent with coil springs, gas shocks and stabilizer bars in front and rear; MacPherson struts with two-piece lower control arm in front; multi-link in rear
electronic stability program; 4-wheel electronic traction system

0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds
Top Speed: 143 mph (limited)

EPA City: 16 mpg
EPA Highway: 21 mpg

Safety: steel-reinforced cabin with front and rear crumple zones; dual-stage airbags for front seats; side airbags mounted in front seat backrests; active front head restraints; anti-slip regulation; tire pressure monitoring system


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