When Mercedes-Benz launched the then new GLK in 2009, the auto industry was still in a bad way. Sales were down in every segment, and some questioned the sanity of the German maker for launching a premium, small, SUV into the worst recession the industry had seen in at least half a century.
But hindsight is always 20/20, and the segment is rife with competitors, most notably the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Both are solid vehicles, but both need to be very afraid of the 2013 GLK 350, a mid-cycle update that is better in every way than its predecessor.
Let’s start with styling. The 2009 GLK looked like a mini G Wagen (which Mercedes says is the bloodline vehicle for the GLK). The 2013 model maintains the Gelandewagen’s rugged appeal, but adopts the swoopy look that now adorns many other Mercedes models, including the 2013 SL550 sports car.