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STYLING | 7 out of 10
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?
complete lack of grace in its blocky form, clearly inspired by the ancient, military-intended Geländewagen
if it were any more German, it'd be named Gretel
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
The dual tailpipes hint at its penchant for sporty performance.
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.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.
The GLK's angularity is refreshing in its own way, though we've grown more fond of the rounder shapes of other luxury crossovers.