Weekly Drive 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350: The Chuck Norris of small luxury crossovers


The latest car to join our weekly drive review is this red hot 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350.

Personally I just love the combination of the dazzling red exterior with a sandy interior leather.

This color combination is somewhat rare as most manufactures prefer to match a “please give me a speeding ticket now Officer ” hot red exterior with a black leather interior.

My GLK tester also has the now well established Mercedes-Benz turn signal indicator stalk mounted just inches from the delicate and dainty cruise control stalk.

For something like the 1000th time I attempt to signal a left turn with the car’s cruise control stalk. It seems that the engineers who designed the Mercedes cruise control stalk specified that it should be placed it the exact same location that most every other car made on the planet has it turn signal stalk.

On the plus side the Mercedes-Benz feels just like a tall car (unlike a lumbering SUV), especially when you compare it to segment Crossover competitors like the Lexus RX350 and the Volvo XC60.

Unlike the other 5-seater AWD crossovers the GLK feel low and connected to the ground. It also feels much smaller and lighter and almost toss-able into turns.

The GLK’s 268 HP V6 however however feels a tad more sluggish when compared to the other two competitors…which is odd as the Mercedes is the only one of the three to come with a 7-speed instead of 6-speed transmission.

Other notable features of the Mercedes include much much more rugged and angular styling. The Merc is most certainly the Chuck Norris of the small luxury crossover segment. It just has that don’t mess with me snarling face.

While the competitors are very organic and much more smooth and round the GLK is all about cutting edges and prominent in your face styling.

And just like Chuck Norris the Mercedes-Benz GLK350 never sleeps. It just waits.

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