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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Review

High-end cabin materials, excellent safety scores, and a solid reliability rating are not enough to move the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class from the middle of its highly competitive class. Several competitors are more fun to drive and have better infotainment systems.

Pros & Cons

  • Composed handling
  • Powerful and efficient engine options
  • Top-notch interior
  • Limited rear-seat and cargo space
  • Complicated infotainment system

New for 2013

  • New diesel GLK250 BlueTec model
  • New V6 in GLK350
  • Updated interior and exterior styling
  • New active safety features available




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 10.0
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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Overview

Is the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class a Good Used SUV?

A used 2013 Mercedes GLK-Class is a good luxury compact SUV. It has a well-trimmed cabin, a composed ride, great crash safety ratings, and a long list of advanced safety features. That said, there are a few drawbacks. The rear seats are a bit stingy on legroom, and Mercedes’ infotainment system can be clumsy.

Used 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Performance and Interior

The GLK-Class is available with two engine options. The GLK 350 has a V6 with 302 horsepower, and the GLK250 has a turbodiesel four-cylinder with 200 horsepower. A refined seven-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive are standard. Rear-wheel drive is available, but only with the V6. Both engines provide ample muscle for climbing steep hills and passing vehicles on the highway, though the V6 accelerates much quicker from a stop. Its trade-off is fuel economy. The V6 returns a decent 19 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway. The GLK250 diesel gets an exceptional 24/32 mpg city/highway.

The GLK-Class feels stable and balanced around turns. Its power steering responds quickly, and its brakes slow the SUV with confidence. The GLK’s suspension delivers a comfortable yet firm ride. It softens bumps and dips in the road nicely, though you’ll still feel them. Ride quality worsens with the optional 20-inch wheels. The GLK-Class can tow up to 3,500 pounds, when properly equipped.

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The Mercedes GLK-Class is a 2-row SUV with five seats. The front seats are comfortable and offer good thigh support for longer drives. Head- and legroom are generous up front, and outward visibility is nice in all directions. However, the rear seats aren’t as accommodating. Legroom feels rather tight, even for average-sized adults. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. Cargo space is small by class standards; the GLK-Class has 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, expanding to 54.7 cubic feet with these seats folded flat.

The GLK’s interior dazzles with rich wood accents, soft-touch plastics, and an elegant dashboard design. Unfortunately, the GLK’s controls aren’t very user-friendly. The infotainment system employs a knob on the center console and additional buttons on the dashboard. Simple functions can often feel overly complicated. Also, the climate controls are mounted quite low and out of the driver’s line of sight, making them awkward to use when driving as well.

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Used 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Prices

The price of a used 2013 GLK-Class SUV ranges from about $19,600 for a base GLK350 model to $23,000 for a GLK250 BlueTec model. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class?

The Mercedes GLK-Class has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the GLK-Class?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the GLK-Class a 2013 Top Safety Pick. It received the highest rating of Good for in all four areas tested.

All GLK-Class models come with a driver drowsiness monitor (Attention Assist). A rearview camera and parallel park assist (Parktronic) are available. Various packages add other active safety features. The Lighting package gives you adaptive pivoting headlights and automatic on/off high beams. The Lane Tracking package adds blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist. The Driver Assistance package throws in adaptive cruise control (Distronic Plus), forward collision warning with brake assist (Pre-Safe Brake). A more advanced Lane Tracking package gives you corrective steering assistance.

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Is the 2013 GLK-Class the Best Model Year to Buy?

Mercedes-Benz restyled the GLK-Class for 2013 and added a more powerful V6, a new turbodiesel engine option, and a wide array of safety features that were previously unavailable. There were no major updates for 2014 or 2015. As a result, you can save money by shopping for 2013 models, which have the same features as these later models. Notably, the GLK-Class was replaced by the GLC in 2016.

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Which Used Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Is Right for Me?

The 2013 GLK-Class comes in two trim levels, the GLK250 (diesel) and the GLK350 (gas V6). Both share the same standard features: a 5-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, a CD player, a driver drowsiness monitor, cruise control, remote keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, MB-Tex leatherette upholstery, and alloy wheels.

Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, a Harman Kardon stereo, satellite radio, a power liftgate, a sunroof, navigation (Multimedia Package), and a large suite of active safety features.

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned GLK. Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicles come with a one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 164-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Mercedes GLK-Class or 2013 BMW X3?

The GLK-Class tops the 2013 BMW X3 in a few key areas. It earns higher fuel economy with its diesel engine option, rates slightly higher for predicted reliability, and offers more advanced safety features like forward collision warning. That said, the sporty X3 is more enjoyable to drive. It has a simpler infotainment system as well as more cargo and rear-seat space. Used X3 models also tend to be less expensive than GLK-Class models. While both are great luxury SUVs, the X3 is the better buy.

Which Is Better: 2013 Mercedes GLK-Class or 2013 Audi Q5?

The 2013 Audi Q5 is an excellent luxury compact SUV option. The Q5 and GLK-Class offer similar cargo space and top-notch interior quality. Deciding between these two comes down to personal preference. While the Audi boasts a roomier back seat and sportier handling, the GLK-Class rates higher for reliability and offers a wider array of advanced safety features.

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