Mercedes-Benz GLK350 2013: Full Review – Part 1

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 3:12:22 by

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 is the closest thing that we’ve got this generation to a wagon version of the C350 sport sedan with which it shares its platform and 3.5-liter, V-6 engine. “But wait,” you’re probably saying as you look at the photos above, “isn’t that a big SUV?”

I can understand your confusion; conventional wisdom dictates that crossovers are bigger than sedans, but let’s take a look at the numbers. The GLK’s 178.3-inch overall length, 108.5-inch wheelbase, and front and rear track are actual slightly smaller than the C-Class’ measurements. Of course, the crossover is still wider by about 5 inches and taller by about 10 inches than the sedan and the whole package is at least 463 pounds heavier depending on options — our 4Matic all-wheel-drive-equipped tester was probably slightly heavier still.

The taller GLK still fits in a C-Class sized parking spot, but has significantly more cargo room (between 23.3 cubic feet and 54.7 cubic feet, depending on whether you fold the rear seats flat), more passenger room, and a higher, more commanding view of the road.

The extra mass and taller, slightly less aerodynamic profile adds a few ticks to the 0-60 time and subtracts a few from the fuel economy estimates, but we’ll come back to that momentarily.

Peek under the GLK’s hood and you’ll find the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine that powers the C350 Sports Sedan. This naturally aspirated mill uses direct-injection technology to attempt to optimize power and fuel efficiency. Output is estimated at 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

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