2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class vs. Its Competition

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Crossovers are the growing niche at luxury automakers--so it's no surprise that nearly every brand has one.

Some have been around for a while: BMW's X3 was a pioneer, and today's version is better than ever.

It's the size of the original X5, actually, and with turbo-six power and excellent handling, it's a top choice in this class.

The Audi Q5 is a strong seller thanks to its brand image and sleek styling; the turbo four is an efficient choice over the pricey six-cylinder, but the Q5 is expensive and can ride poorly, especially with its Drive Select adjustable suspension set in Sport mode.

The Volvo XC60 has wonderful road manners and exceptional safety gear, a handsome look and a large cargo area; low gas mileage is one major downside.

The Cadillac SRX has a new, powerful V-6 this year to complement its edgy styling, but handling isn't quite as good as some of the competition.

Finally, the compact, exciting Range Rover Evoque is dazzling to behold, and it's more spacious inside than it has a right to be; its turbo four gives it an energetic feel, but it's noisy and rough in a way no Range Rover has ever been before.

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Quick Specs
8.2
It looks more like an authentically rugged SUV, but the improved 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK has carlike road manners and now, better fuel economy with both its gas V-6 and its new turbodiesel four.
8.4
The 2013 Audi Q5 is one of the more carlike crossovers, with elegant execution, smart high-tech features, and very good passenger space.
8.4
The BMW X3 is a great-looking crossover, with a spacious, versatile, and classy interior; and with the introduction of a new base turbo four for 2013 in the xDrive28i, it gets better mileage with no compromise in performance.
8.2
The 2013 Cadillac SRX has a roomy, rich, uniquely American interior, and with new interior technology it's now the iPhone of crossovers.
8.2
The 2013 Range Rover Evoque nails the coupe-crossover concept, and puts the off-roading on mute with a sexy shape and a casual elegance.
8.6
The 2013 Volvo XC60 carries on the tradition of Volvo wagons--even their top-of-the-class safety--only in a modern, fashion-conscious crossover.
MSRP From     
$37,090$35,900$38,850$37,330$41,145$34,350
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas/Ethanol V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I6
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/ASport Utility 4WD4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
RWD 4-Door GLK 350quattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door xDrive28iFWD 4-Door Base5-Door HB PureAWD 4-Door 3.2L
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/A4N/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleWagon
Transmission     
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift