December 11, 2013
A Mercedes-Benz to takes us where we please
The Mercedes-Benz GLK 300 4Matic on the Argentine market is effectively a reworked model of the company’s SUV in the medium segment, which has been sold in the country since January of 2009.
It has received aesthetic changes as well as additions to its equipment and a more potent and economic engine (it uses 25 percent fuel). It arrives imported from Germany.
The unit I tested demonstrated that the GLK 300 is a vehicle that does almost everything well. It is agile in urban traffic and has a comfortable interior, along with great equipment.
It may not seem like it, but the car performs magnificently on all surfaces, the best in its segment.
The car does not struggle in the countryside, even on a rainy day. On the highway, the GLK 300 has nothing to envy from the C-Class, on which this model was based.
The design of the new generation of the GLK 300 brings a more modern design on all its lines. Its renovated headlights stand out with a new intelligent system, which automatically adapts according to information provided by a sensor that detects the distance from the cars coming toward you.
In the rear, the taillights have LED lights and fibre optics, along with a renewed a bumper.
Designers have set up a brand new instrument panel, including a broad surface moulded in aluminium that covers the entire width of the vehicle.
touch of sophistication
The new round diffusers and the silver decorative features also stand out, while the multifunction three-spoke steering wheel and the faux leather upholstery along with the ambience LED-technology lighting add a touch of sophistication.
Transmission is provided by a seven-speed 7G-Tronic gearbox, whose selective stick shift is mounted ergonomically on the tube cover of the steering column.
The standard equipment of the GLK includes a 20 CD Audio-Radio with the following features: dual tuner radio, diagonal TFT display 14.7 cm (5.8 inches); compatible with CDs MP3/WMA/AAC, USB interface to display CD covers, auxiliary socket on the centre armrest, Bluetooth connectivity with hands-free, a keypad to control your phone and music streaming from your mobile phone. The sport version is equipped with the multimedia online system, which includes a rapid GPS navigation system with a hard drive and high definition 17.8 centimetre display, a CD/DVD player, voice control system USB, auxiliary input and an iPhone dock on the central armrest.
The car is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine capable of 247HP and torque of 340Nm, which is calibrated by a sequential and automatic 7G transmission to reach a top speed of 225 kilometres per hour, with a zero to 100kmph acceleration of just 7.5 seconds. However, the most noteworthy aspect of this propeller is a significantly low fuel consumption rate, which is obtained through several features, including a new injection ignition set-up. An ECO start-stop system has also been included along with a seven-speed gearbox.
Low consumption is also aided by the reduced level of friction on the axes, electromechanical steering and its tyres with lower rolling resistance.
In terms of safety, the GLK has several outstanding features to help it stand out when matched up to rivals. These include a drowsiness detection system and another to automatically park the car.
Other safety features include front airbags for the driver and passengers, knee-level airbags for the driver, side airbags for the driver and front passenger, window-level airbag for the driver, front passenger and backseat passengers, seat occupation detector on the passenger seat, break away pedals that fold in case of impact, ISOFIX child seats in the back row and fixing points on the back of the rear seat backrests, five headrests with adjustable height and tilt for those both in the front and rear, active headrests for driver and front passenger, three-point seatbelts including mechanical adjustment for belt height and tightness for the driver and passenger, as well as adjustable height for the side seat belts and an indicator on the instrument panel to warn if seatbelts in the back row are not put on by passengers.
The Mercedes Benz GLK 300 4Matic stands out among its competitors due to its all-terrain performance and equipment. It’s possible that vehicles like the Audi Q5 or BMW X3 are more interesting designwise, but the proven versatility of the GLK plays in its favour, so in my opinion it’s the best car available in the segment. Its price is approximately US$79,900, with a two year warranty and unlimited mileage.