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2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class Photo
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On Styling
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$33,015
BASE MSRP
$35,500
On Styling
The look of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK stands in contrast to the smoothed-over appearance of most other lux crossovers, but there’s a lot to like in the design.
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targeted at Sex-in-the-City women, but it wears sharp, angular styling that apes the butch GL-class. Does this fuel-crisis trucklet suffer multiple-personality disorder?
Motor Trend

complete lack of grace in its blocky form, clearly inspired by the ancient, military-intended Geländewagen
Automobile Magazine

if it were any more German, it'd be named Gretel
Edmunds

the GLK has the appearance of a large vehicle until you get close to it and realize it is actually quite small — at least on the outside
MSN Autos

The dual tailpipes hint at its penchant for sporty performance.
Forbes

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK is a little hard to classify. With its upright, butch styling it's easy to lump in with other more traditional SUVs; but beneath it all it's better described as a taller, more chiseled version of a compact to mid-size wagon.

With what's close to a classic, upright SUV profile, with hard-edged details, the GLK takes the exact opposite tack in design direction compared to most rival brands, except for Land Rover. The GLK doesn't bear much family resemblance to the larger ML-Class from the outside; rather, it looks like a scaled-down version of the big GL-Class. Yet it's not pure box either. The overall look is clean and distinctive, but one that might have to grow on upscale buyers; in the profile, we also see a slightly larger interpretation of the mid-'90s Japanese crossover designs for vehicles such as the Subaru Forester and Mitsubishi Outlander.

Inside, it's more of the same: The GLK's instrument panel bears a striking resemblance to BMW interiors—and a lower-set version of what's used elsewhere in the M-B lineup—but the gauges and controls are remarkably straightforward. A wide swath of wood trim that helps dress up some of the obvious plastics and underscores a vaguely retro tone that lingers through the cabin.

Conclusion

The look of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK stands in contrast to the smoothed-over appearance of most other lux crossovers, but there’s a lot to like in the design.

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