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The basics: 3.5-liter V-6 with 268 horsepower; seven-speed automatic; all-wheel drive available
Fuel economy: 16/22 mpg
Rating: 8.2 out of 10
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK sport-ute bears a strong resemblance to the larger GL-Class, and that is a good thing--for the most part. Our editors like the upright styling, but it simply looks less upscale than the curvy Audi Q5 or the Volvo XC60. The GLK's smooth ride quality, carlike acceleration and grip defy its SUV shape, but the roomy cabin and cargo area confirm its utility even before you load it with people and stuff.
Like other SUVs in this class, the GLK's steering can feel light for a vehicle of its size and height. It's pricey, for sure, not compared to the other Germans but to economy-brand sport-utes in the same size class. Of all these vehicles, only the GLK is offered in rear-drive form, which cuts the price but could also affect resale value, depending on your geography and weather. And even with an extra gear in the transmission, the GLK gets the worst fuel economy in this select group.
Our Bottom Line? The smaller, nimbler 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK sport-ute has come to America at just the right time for Mercedes; where's our diesel version?