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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; ‘good,’ rear impact; ‘good,’ roof strength; Top Safety Pick
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Last year, a slew of new safety features found their way to the GLK, and the 2014 GLK earns good crash-test scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
That body gave the luxury crossover its top score of "good" in all relevant tests, although it has not tested the GLK in the new and tougher small-overlap front crash test. Unlike last year, the GLK is no longer an IIHS Top Safety Pick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on the other hand, hasn't tested the smallest Benz utility vehicle at all.
New safety features added last year included Attention Assist, which uses cameras to measure drowsy driving--and to suggest a coffee stop when needed. MBrace2 seeks to avoid distracted driving by offlining smartphone activity to the ute's audio and Bluetooth controls, while active park assist uses the GLK's electric power steering and parking sensors to accurately place the vehicle in a parallel parking spot--with the driver manning the accelerator and brake.
Lane-keeping assist is now available: it nudges the GLK back into the proper lane when it detects a swerve over the lines. And finally, blind-spot monitors and adaptive cruise control are now offered on the GLK as options. All the customary safety features are included in the GLK, too: There are dual front, side and curtain airbags as well as anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control. Active front head restraints are standard, too, and the GLK has emergency systems that will automatically contact emergency dispatch if you're in a severe crash.
Thanks to the relatively high seating position and low shoulder line, the Mercedes-Benz GLK has impressive outward visibility—better than most other luxury crossovers.
Crash-test scores are lacking, but the GLK doesn't lack high-tech safety features, like blind-spot monitors.