Mercedes-Benz entered the compact SUV market in 2010 with the GLK-Class. The V6 GLK 350 starts at $37,090 as a rear-driver and $39,090 with all-wheel drive—making it one of the most affordable routes to Mercedes-Benz ownership. The handsomely boxy exterior and refined interior have been freshened for 2013 with emphasis on richer ornamentation. Vault-like build quality has always been a GLK selling point, and now it also manages to be warm and inviting.
Although the cabin is something of a masterpiece, it's not a very big one. Cargo space and rear-seat room were not a high priority in the GLK's development. It's a luxurious personal space, not to be confused with a family hauler.