A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK

If you’re in the market for a compact SUV, it’s tough to think of a better option than the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK. In case the car manufacturer’s name doesn’t carry enough weight to convince you, consider some of the amazing features that have made this SUV such a popular choice in a competitive class.

Key Features

You’re going to love the harman/kardon LOGIC7 audio system that comes standard. This amazing system features 10 speakers and a massive subwoofer. The 6GB of music you can store in the car will be put to good use thanks to Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

Then consider that you get a COMMAND controller that is conveniently located and easy to use. Furthermore, that controller can also be used for navigation and communication purposes. Thanks to the LCD screen mounted in your dash, you can use this controller without ever taking your eyes off the road!

Changes for 2012

Aside from the sound system, there really weren’t any changes made to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK.

What We Like

This model isn’t so different from being behind the wheel of a Mercedes C-Class. With its comfort and tech, you might forget you’re actually at the helm of an SUV. That was a surprise, but one we think a lot of people will like.

The optional blind spot warning system is a great addition to this SUV as well—one that we also really liked.

What Concerns Us

The 2012 GLK may be compact and agile, but it’s still a German SUV and that means it’s going to cost you a bit more at the pump. For those who are looking at compacts because they want to spend less on gas, the Audi Q5 is probably a better choice that’s close in price.

Available Models

There is only one model of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK. It has a 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of putting 268 ponies to work at 6,000 rpm. You can also count on 258 lb-ft of torque at anywhere between 2,000 and 5,000 rpm. In the city, the 2012 GLK’s fuel economy is 16 mpg. On the highway, it’s 22.

Major Recalls

There have never been any recalls issued by Mercedes-Benz for this compact SUV.

Common Issues

No major issues are associated with the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK. When it does occur, dissatisfaction is usually a result of the vehicle’s mpg or owners realizing that it really is a compact SUV with limited amounts of storage space.


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