The first thing that Mercedes got right with its new GLK350 is the styling. Granted, the design bar hasn't been set too high in the crossover segment to date. But, this is a good-looking vehicle by any sport-utility standard.
The GLK has an overall family resemblance to Mercedes' other SUVs, but the newest model stands on its own with a profile that's particularly strong. The upright windshield shows the influence of the G-Class, while the rear glass and roofline take after the GL and two rising character lines accent the side view. They're exclusive to the GLK, as are a set of nicely integrated headlamps. One option that will likely have a lot of takers is the Appearance Package, which combines a set of 20-inch, 7-spoke wheels, with aluminum roof rails. The added bright work really sets off the GLK visually.
Good looks are great, of course, but they'll only take you so far in a function-first segment like SUVs. The GLK350 proves its mettle on the inside with a well-finished, well-sorted cabin. GLK is just big enough to seat 6-footers in both rows, with a little compromise among passengers. Cargo capacity is usably large at 23.3 cubic feet and it's expandable to 54.7 cubic feet when second row seats are folded forward.