2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class Styling

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Chiseled good looks of another time--that'd be a compliment for a Hollywood actor, right? It's less decisive for the Mercedes-Benz GLK, which casts its lot with crisp, angular forms while the rest of the luxury-crossover world goes gaga for smooth surfaces and very softly rounded shapes.

Parked next to an Audi Q5 or a Volvo XC60, the GLK looks downright butch--and we think it's entirely intentional, since Mercedes actually has a long history of building military-grade SUVs like the Gelaendewagen. The unintended consequence is that the GLK ends up looking more like a traditional SUV--or like an older Mitsubishi Outlander or Subaru Forester--when it's actually among the most carlike vehicles in the class, in terms of handling and features.

The GLK's angularity is refreshing in its own way, though we've grown more fond of the rounder shapes of other luxury crossovers.
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.

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