Just when you thought that Mercedes-Benz has every luxury SUV angle covered, up pops another one, the 2010 GLK 350 4MATIC.

Sliding in under the M-Class, the compact GLK-Class is 10-inches shorter, with 6-inches less wheelbase.

It also sports younger, more angular styling that’s closer to the classic G-Class than the current aerodynamic M and GL.

Designed to be the most agile and economical member of the Mercedes Benz gas SUV lineup, the GLK 350 is amply powered by the same 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that powers the ML 350 and shifts through a seven-speed automatic transmission.

But with almost 700 pounds less bulk, the GLK delivers better government fuel economy ratings of 16 city/22 highway.

The GLK drives all four wheels through a proven 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. A rear drive version is also in the cards.

The GLK shares much of its mechanicals with the C-Class including a light weight strut front and rear multi-link suspension. New is the Agility Control Damping system, which stifles road noise and tire vibration, while allowing for a stiffer shock.

“The GLK handles great.  In fast corners it’s tight and sharp and in parking lots it’s light and easy. It’s a great blend.  It’s really hard to remember you’re driving an SUV.” – Ben Davis

Inside, the GLK offers the same angular look as the outside, with impressive room for both five passengers and their cargo. As expected, the GLK cabin is very well equipped, with everything from dual-zone climate controls to Bluetooth to panoramic sunroof.

At around $38,000 the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 should sell well when it arrives in showrooms in early 2009.


  • 3.5-liter V6:
  • 268 horsepower:
  • At around $38,000: