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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.
Following last year's update to make the small crossover look more like the modern Mercedes lineup, the 2014 GLK still has the boxy, angular good looks seen on SUVs of yesteryear. That's a good thing for shoppers who like traditional SUV styling, but it may come across as a little more formal, a little more rigid than most of the other, softer-looking luxury crossovers on the market.
By comparison, the GLK looks more ready to tackle the dirt than those other urban wagons. That's an intentional design statement, even if it's a little reminiscent of older Japanese utility vehicles of yore. The GLK could use some of the modern design cues from the larger ML-Class–at least in our opinion–as it looks more like an off-roader than it really is.Inside, it's less of the same this year. In the past, the GLK's instrument panel has borne a striking resemblance to BMW's interiors, composed from dark plastics and a dark band of wood curved just so. The plastics are softer now, and the band's swelled into a more organic shape--wood on some models, metallic plastic on others, with new details formed in and gimballed vents drilled into the span, breaking up the surface. The gauges and controls still are remarkably straightforward, but the vaguely retro tone that lingered through the cabin is gone, replaced by something much more contemporary.
The boxy shape's a big departure from crossover realness; the cabin's softer to the touch.