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Multimediaphiles will revel in the sound system's ability to connect to and control both an iPod AND a USB stick at the same time, and Bluetooth audio streaming is just around the corner.
impressed by its quality and convinced you don't need to pony up the extra $1,750 for old-fashioned cow skin
Running boards add another $660 and are positioned to soil clean pants upon exiting the vehicle.
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Mercedes-Benz provides so many desirable options that the GLK can easily top $50K on a loaded model.
The central controller for music and navigation is easy to use.
The GLK may be the smallest crossover in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, but it's certainly not bare-bones. You'll find many of the safety, tech and luxury features available on the flagship GL-Class, and just about everything the ML-Class has to offer, too.
Mercedes-Benz has been a tech pioneer for quite some time in the automotive industry, combining cutting-edge features with an impeccable luxury finish. As of last year, the GLK incorporates mbrace2, a mobile-app connectivity suite that brings in Yelp, Facebook, and Google Street View to the driving environment, along with other services like geofencing and remote vehicle data access via a smartphone app.
Entertainment options include a Multimedia Package with a rearview camera, enhanced voice commands, and Mercedes' COMAND roller-knob controller for ancillary controls, coupled with a hard-drive-based navigation system. A Lane Tracking Package combines safety features including blind-spot monitors and lane-keeping assist, while another Driver Assistance package brings in adaptive cruise control and active blind-spot assist with brake intervention.All V-6 GLKs with all-wheel drive come with power windows, locks, and mirrors; cruise control; automatic climate control; Bluetooth and iPod connectivity; power front seats; wood trim; 19-inch wheels; and MB-Tex upholstery, a synthetic material that does a good job of passing itself off as leather. A new 5.8-inch LCD screen displays output for the audio system. Paddle controls for the shifter--now relocated to the steering column--are standard. Diesel GLKs come with all-wheel drive and similar equipment.
Many of the GLK's options are bundled into packages. A premium package rolls up memory seating and power tilt/telescope steering; a power tailgate; an iPod interface; satellite radio; a panoramic sunroof; and a garage door opener. Another package bundles leather seating with memory seats and ambient lighting. An AMG Styling package gets unique body add-ons, LED daytime running lamps, aluminum roof rails, and 20-inch five-spoke wheels.
Stand-alone options include satellite radio; a harman/kardon sound system; parking sensors teamed with active park assist; the panoramic sunroof; a trailer hitch; running boards; heated front seats; 19-inch wheels; the iPod interface; and keyless entry and pushbutton start.
Voice controls, in-car Facebook feeds, and a big LCD screen dunk the GLK into the mobile slipstream.